• Pro profile: Brett Thomaswick of Sandpiper Bay

     Brett Thomaswick has been the head golf professional at Sandpiper Bay for six months and he loves his job.

    A giant of a man at 6 feet, 6 inches, Brett grew up in Ford City, Pa., just north of Pittsburgh. He played basketball and baseball in high school. When he was 17, his father (an avid golfer) took him to an exhibition match at La Trobe Country Club. Brett was standing on a slight knoll behind one of the greens when Arnold Palmer hit a shot that flew the green and rolled right to him.

  • On Thanksgiving Day, I’m grateful for golf

     I’ve been a rookie golfer for decades. I’ll never be a single-digit handicapper or a club champion. My 13-year-old grandson outdrives me and my 4-year-old granddaughter gives me a run at mini-golf.

    But I still love the game.

    I grew up on a chicken farm in rural Maryland and golf was nowhere to be seen. Not a course in Cecil County. I did not play any sports in high school; I sang in the glee club and was president of the National Honor Society, not a big huge deal because we had only 65 in our graduating class.

  • Meo remembered for life of service

     Joe Meo, a popular golfer in this area, died Nov. 8 at age 97.

    Meo was born May 5, 1917, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He and wife Ann moved to Carolina Shores from New Jersey in 1986. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    During the funeral Mass Friday, Nov. 14, Rev. D. Anthony Droze used a phrase from a World War II documentary in describing Meo as “a trophy of God’s grace.”

  • Some new golfers in men’s Tournament of Champions

    For the 2014 Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions, we have a bunch of new club champions in the ranks of our men. Hooray for the newbies.

    Of the 16 Brunswick County clubs that have played their championships thus far, we have 10 new men’s champions. Some of these guys have won club championships at other clubs before moving here, but several of them are experiencing the kudos and glory for the very first time. Meet the 2014 club champions of Brunswick County.

    Brick Landing, Bob Brown

  • Tournament of Champions preview: Women champions

     The Brunswick County women’s golf champions for 2014 are an eclectic group.

    Some have won their club championships numerous times in the past 11 years; others are new to this elite order. Some started golf when they were children, others learned the game at midlife. All are excited to be the best of the best at their club for this year.

    The Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions is Nov. 15-16 at Rivers Edge. Women’s and men’s champions in Brunswick County will compete in two rounds of medal play.

  • Jersey Girls: Golf and fun for 20 years

     I heard about the Jersey Girls through mutual friends and became intrigued.

    A group of gals from New Jersey has been coming to Brunswick County each fall for 20 years. They stay in the same house for a week. They play golf, shop, and eat in, taking turns cooking and cleaning up.

  • Lovin’ Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort


    The Carolina coast is an awesome area. Near Virginia, we have the Outer Banks, 200 miles of barrier islands with lots of great beaches, history (the Wright Brothers flew their first airplane in Kitty Hawk) and golf courses.

    Coming down the coast, we have Cape Fear, our very own Brunswick Islands and then the huge sprawling Myrtle Beach, S.C., complex with more than 100 golf courses, lots of shows, amusements, shopping and fabulous beaches.

  • Veterans’ Golf Tournament: An amazing day

     Last week I had the privilege of attending the closing ceremonies for the Veterans Tournament at Brick Landing Plantation. The tournament was played Oct. 8, and was for the benefit of the new Veterans’ Memorial in Sunset Beach.

    The day was amazing on several levels. First of all, more than $20,000 was raised for the memorial in a single day. Secondly, the tournament was filled to capacity several weeks in advance. Best of all, everyone finished golfing in fewer than 4½ hours. Our military men and women know how to keep on a schedule.  

  • Cameryn Smith: Dreams do come true

     Cameryn Smith is a senior at West Brunswick High School. She plays on the West Brunswick girls’ golf team and belongs to The First Tee of Brunswick County.

    In the past month, Smith has become a superstar.

    In August, Cameryn won a $15,000 scholarship from Royal Bank of Scotland through its Achievers of the Year awards. Last week, she played in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Her Champions Tour partner was Rocco Mediate, and her caddie was PGA professional Terry Mauney, the program director of The First Tee of Brunswick County.

  • Greg Hensley: Interning at Bandon Dunes in Oregon

     Greg Hensley, charter member of The First Tee of Brunswick County and now a Professional Golf Management student at Campbell University, is living the dream. He is on a six–month internship at Bandon Dunes Resort in Oregon.

    How cool is that?

    If you’ve never heard of Bandon Dunes, you’re probably not a golfer. This is a golf course resort on the coast of Oregon that has grown into a world-class golf experience. Folks travel to Oregon from all parts of the world to play the five Bandon Dunes courses.