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Today's Sports

  • 2008 Jolly Mon King Classic: New...

    As a tournament fisherman as well as a tournament operator, I feel I have the highest level of responsibility to ensure the rules of my tournaments are followed.

    As such, and with the commitment to uphold the honor and integrity of the Jolly Mon King Mackerel Classic, the tournament committee has made the decision to disqualify the boat Takin It Easy, captained by Cameron Bowers, for failure to comply with tournament rules.

    The winner of the tournament is Keith Logan and crew of Logan’s Love.

  • After several years, Thistle...

    With a sagging economy, many golf courses are making drastic budget cuts. They are cutting back on services, limiting mowing, restricting the use of fertilizers and chemicals and cutting the hours of operations of their restaurants. To promote business, they are expanding tee times and giving cut rates and coupons to golfers.

    Construction around golf course communities has slowed in the last few months.

    Amid this quiet despair, The Thistle Golf Course is finishing its 15,600-square-foot clubhouse.

  • Golf action

    Golfers ace holes at Ocean Ridge Plantation golf courses

    On July 30 at Ocean Ridge, Howard Ray had his third hole-in-one in his golfing career, this one on the 137-yard sixth hole on Panther’s Run. He used an 8-iron.

    On July 28 at Ocean Ridge, Mike Ratchford had his first hole-in-one. It happened on the 154-yard 17th hole on Lion’s Paw. He used a 5-wood.

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  • Amid clutter of golf clubs and...

    Walking through Douglas Williams’ garage is like walking through a golf museum.

    Dozens and dozens of golf bags full of clubs line one wall, and more bags and more golf clubs lie throughout the garage.

    Near another wall is a white bucket full of used golf balls, at least 100. A smaller bucket is full of more golf balls. Stacks of egg cartons also contain dozens of golf balls.

  • Dalton Gore qualifies for First...

    Dalton Gore, a rising junior at South Brunswick High School will fly on Aug. 23 to Monterey, Calif., to compete in the Wal-Mart First Tee Open, a Champions Tour event.

    Each First Tee participant is teamed with one Champions Tour player and two amateurs in a 54-hole tournament played at the Pebble Beach Golf Links and the Del Monte Golf Course.

  • West Brunswick Debs finish 0-2...

    West Brunswick, representing North Carolina, finished 0-2 in the Dixie Debs World Series.

    West Brunswick lost its first game, 7-2, to host Alexandria, La., on Sunday morning at the Johnny Downs Sports Complex. Alexandria had opened the World Series on Saturday morning and beat Florida 7-6.

  • Brunswick advances to Junior...

    SOUTHPORT—With two of his players ready to dump an orange bucket of ice drink on him, coach James White never moved.

    He welcomed the dousing as his Brunswick County Junior Dixie Boys baseball team celebrated a 13-5 rout of Columbus County and a state championship July 24.

    The victory qualified Brunswick for the Junior Dixie World Series, which begins Aug. 2 in Bluffton, S.C. Brunswick will play Arkansas at 4 p.m. at Oscar J. Frazier Park.

    “It was a good job by everyone,” White said.

  • Title for West Brunswick Debs...

    Jeff Carter remembers the first time his daughter, Heather, pitched in an N.C. Dixie Girls state championship softball game. She was playing in the 9- and 10-year-old Angels division in Shallotte. The score was 1-1. The bases were loaded. The count was 3-2. The next pitch would decide the game.

    Jeff went to the pitcher’s mound to try to calm Heather.

    “She said, ‘Daddy, I just don’t want to throw this pitch.’

    “I said, ‘You gotta throw it. If it’s a ball or whatever, you gotta throw it.’ ”

  • McCumbee returns to Nextel Cup...

    With the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series not racing this weekend, Chad McCumbee will drive the No. 45 Marathon Oil Dodge for Petty Enterprises in the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sunday at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. The NASAR Sprint Cup race will be televised on ESPN beginning at 1 p.m.

  • Olympics jog memory of sports...

    He was skinny—like me. A famous athlete—which I wanted to be.

    I wanted to be the center of attention, and this skinny runner was getting all the attention I craved.

    I was in elementary school, and the collegian Jim Ryun gave hope of athletic acclaim to this 76-pounder. It seemed every month leading up to the 1968 Summer Olympics, Ryun was setting record after record in distance running. During 1966 and 1967 he set world records in the 880-yard run, the 1,500-meter run, the one-mile outdoor run and the one-mile indoor run.