•  Last weekend, I attended a golf outing at Rivers Edge in Shallotte in memory of Gene Weldon, a longtime PGA golf pro who died earlier this year following a bout with cancer.

    Ralph Eckley, Ronnie Hahn and Mike Travers organized the event and more than 40 people attended last weekend’s event, including Weldon’s wife, Geri, and his children, Wil Weldon and Hayes Cramer.

    After speaking with Ralph, Ronnie and Mike, countless times, something became awfully clear.

    Gene Weldon was about as well respected as a person can possibly be.

  •  Editor’s Note: Hot Corner will be published weekly. It’s a conversation revolving around sports between Beacon sports editor Sam Hickman and a Brunswick County resident. If you are interested in chatting on the Hot Corner, email shickman@brunswickbeacon.com. This week’s guest is Southport resident and District Court Judge Jason Disbrow.


  •  SHALLOTTE – Lacrosse was going to take off in Brunswick County and Kate Gentle was going to make sure of it.

    A Cortland, N.Y., native and Brunswick County resident of more than five years, Gentle almost single-handedly launched and sustained a lacrosse program in Brunswick County that now has one county high school competing at a high level with New Hanover County programs.

    For the first time in Brunswick County history, a county high school defeated a New Hanover County team this past spring during the girls’ lacrosse season.

  •  The Southport-Oak Island All-Stars secured the 2017 Dixie Youth Majors District Tournament championship last week at Waccamaw Park. The squad went undefeated during the tournament and defeated Shallotte, 10-6, on June 25 to claim the crown.


    The Leland National All-Stars claimed first-place honors in the 2017 Dixie Youth Minors District Tournament. Leland National held off a late rally by Lockwood Folly and secured a one-run victory, 5-4, in the championship game June 26. 

  •   Waccamaw Park is hosting the Dixie Youth Baseball District Tournament in the Minors and Majors division. Scroll through the slide show to see photographs from this week's tournament play. 

  •  It’s safe to say that summer fishing is finally here. The change from cool temperate nights to warm, muggy temperatures all day and night has officially happened and with it came the turn to summer fishing. And as usual, every year this transition from spring to summer fishing brings good action along the beachfront near shore and offshore ranges.

  •  Below are scores and highlights reported by area golf leagues.



  •  SHALLOTTE – If you play golf, you are my friend.

    Those are the words inscribed in a bench overlooking the No. 5 par 3 at Rivers Edge Golf Course.

    The bench was placed just a stone’s throw from the tee box on the scenic hole Saturday, June 24, in a ceremony honoring the late Gene Weldon, a longtime PGA professional who died earlier this year.

  •  Southport’s Ashley Sloup produced yet another strong showing at the 91st Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship, but she wasn’t able to defend her 2016 crown as she finished in sixth-place tie in the tournament that concluded June 4.

    Sloup, who recently finished her junior season on the women’s golf team at Winthrop University, captured the 2016 tournament, but fell two shots shy of a repeat crown at this year’s Carolinas Amateur, which was held at Porters Neck Country Club in Wilmington.

  •  We’re more than a third of the way through the 2017 MLB season and there have been countless surprises in professional baseball through the season’s first three months.

  •  Beachcombers

             Results from Friday, June 16. The group played a format of one low net on par 5 holes, two low nets on par 4s and three low nets on par 3s per foursome. Joe Capone, Chuck Good, Chris Kelly and Vic Bryant won first place with a score of 105. Capone was the low gross winner with a 79. Bryant, who was named golfer of the week, shot a 62 in the low net game to capture top honors.


    Brick Landing Ladies

  •  The Sudan Daredevils hosted their 34th Annual Flounder Tournament on June 9-10. The competitors fished in the Shallotte River for two days and the prizes were awarded June 10.

    The awards ceremony was June 10 at the Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department.

  •  I am so bad at golf. This is not some half-hearted attempt at self-deprecating humor. I’m horrible. I’m a terrible golfer and I’ve come to accept it.

    Nevertheless, last week I was invited to play 18 holes with the head pro at Lockwood Folly Country Club, Eric Morgan, and two of the club’s members, Don Brewer and Paul Boileau. Don is actually the president of the country club and Paul serves as the vice president of the community’s Property Owners Association.

  •  SHALLOTTE – When former West Brunswick combo guard Kaitlyn Bellamy finished her high school basketball career earlier this year, she had no idea she’d have the opportunity to continue her career at the collegiate level.

    Several weeks and countless trips to Brunswick Community College’s campus later, Bellamy has seen her wish come true as she has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the Supply junior college during the 2017-18 season.

  •  SHALLOTTE – West Brunswick High School graduate McKenzie Benton isn’t sure she would’ve played college softball had it not been for a special teammate.

    Benton, who helped lead the Trojans to an appearance in the eastern regional finals for the first in program history this spring, will continue her softball career at Southeastern Community College after officially signing a letter of intent to play at the Whiteville junior college last week in West Brunswick’s library.

  •  The 2017 Jolly Mon King Classic is officially in the books. Out of the 185 boats that competed, Jeff Beck and his crew of Team Do Work/OIFC came out on top with a 42.75-pound king mackerel.

    On Saturday, June 17, Beck and his crew set their sights on a spot about 15 miles offshore Myrtle Beach. Upon arrival, the team noticed that other boats in the area were catching fish, yet none of them seemed to be of any size. Still confident for a big bite, the crew deployed their trolling spread and started their day of fishing.

  •  OIB Surf Camp offered

    Jesse McCrery and Marty Mentzer are offering OIB Surf Camp from the Newport Street public access on Ocean Isle Beach.


    Sessions are from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays: June 19-22, June 26-29, July 3-6, July 10-13, July 17-20 and July 24-27.

    McCrery and Mentzer have been surfing and teaching surfing for a combined 50 years.

    Camp scholarships are available in memory of J. Paul Smith.