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Today's Sports

  • Ready, set, wait—for...

    I am really starting to annoy myself with my own writing. Week after week I’ve reported how the fishing is “just about to crank up,” “almost here.” Yet here we are, still waiting. However, I can’t take the blame as Mother Nature has been throwing curveballs at us fishermen for the past several weeks.

  • Autumn is a great time of year...

    We have had storms and yellow butterflies, now all local anglers are waiting on are the fish.

    September gave us a blustery start to the fall fishing season, and while fish were caught, we haven’t seen the best of autumn yet. Inshore anglers will be out in force this month looking for an exclamation point on what has so far been a good year for recreational fishermen.

  • The First Tee Walmart...

    The first major fundraiser for The First Tee of Brunswick County raised more than $50,000 for the local chapter.

    Played Sept. 23 at The Thistle Golf Club in Calabash, The First Tee Walmart Invitational Golf Tournament pulled teams and individual golfers from Wilmington to Myrtle Beach, S.C. All three Brunswick County Walmart stores sponsored the event, with Brent Guice of the Shallotte store acting as liaison. Walmart is a major national sponsor of The First Tee.

  • My Dad and the game of golf:...

    Last week I had the opportunity to chat with Joe Louis Barrow Jr. in the clubhouse of The First Tee of Brunswick County at Cinghiale Creek. For 45 minutes we traded stories of boxing, kids and golf. I know a little bit about boxing since my father had been an amateur boxer in his youth and often enjoyed sparring with me when I was a kid, teaching me the difference between a right uppercut and a left jab.

    Joe Louis was his hero, and now I was talking to his son, Joe Louis Barrow Jr.

    It doesn’t get any better than that.

  • Golf action

    The Ocean Ridge Ladies Golf Association had an individual match play Sept. 24 at Lion’s Paw. The winners were Erma Krahl, Mickie Underhill, Linda Johnston, Maureen Cotter, Ammie Sullivan, Valerie Ratchford, Pam Bank and Doris Fairchild. Birdies: Erma Krahl at No. 16. Chip-ins: Erma Krahl at No. 4 and Ammie Sullivan at No. 8 and No. 10.

    The Ocean Ridge Men played their annual match play tournament Sept. 17, Sept. 22 and Sept. 24 at Lion’s Paw, Panther’s Run and Panther’s Run. There were nine flights of eight players each. The final results:

  • Fundraising for fitness

    Talking Friday morning with his bike-riding friends outside the Flying Pig Coffee House on Oak Island, Larry Snead was interrupted by someone who handed him a $25 check. The money was a donation to the funds Snead’s year-old bicycle team has been raising through Bike MS.

    “We got five new recruits this morning,” Snead told the donor. “I have two more checks in my pocket.”

    And Snead probably will have more checks for the Raleigh chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society by the time his fundraising drive ends in early October.

  • A good walk unspoiled

    Bemused, I read the e-mails of the golf results sent to me Sept. 5—the day Tropical Storm Hanna hit the area.

    My thought: Perfect British Open weather. Wish I were out there playing, too.

    At least four leagues completed their rounds that day, just before the heavy rain and gusty winds smothered the county. And I suppose they were thinking the same thing I was: So this is what it’s like to play in the British Open. Great.

  • Fall fishing has arrived in...

    Finally, the water has cleared, the air has cooled, the north winds are blowing and it is time to go fishing.

  • Not feeling up to par? It could...

    A few weeks ago, as I was grabbing a muffin prior to a Club 25 event at The Lakes, a group of gals from Lockwood Folly collared me and suggested I do a column about heart attacks and women.

    They said that a couple of ladies from Lockwood had sought medical help just in time to avert a serious heart attack. What made it interesting was their symptoms were not the usual ones associated with cardiac problems. No chest pain, no pains in the left arm.

  • Golf action

    CAROLINA SHORES LGA

    Results of the Carolina Shores LGA Club Championship, played Sept. 11 and Sept. 18.

    First flight, gross: Judy Nicoletti (151). First flight, net: Phyllis Welch (135). Second flight, gross: Betty Kibblehouse (186). Second flight, net: Bev Farmarco (149). Third flight, gross: Sue Greiner (210). Third flight, net: Nancy Sneska (152).

    On Sept. 18, Judy Nicoletti had the fewest putts (25) and low gross (76). Phyllis Welch had the low net (68).

    Dottie Russo chipped in at No. 2. Birdies: Dawn Rubin at No. 2 and Judy Nicoletti at Nos. 4 and 7.