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Golf

  • Golf action

    A cold start and a frost delay on the course limited the number of Sandpiper Bay Men’s Golf Association players Jan. 14, but play continued by switching games to Chicago. In spite of the weather, there were 33 players, enough for two flights.

    Sand to Piper flight: John Murphy and Al Paynter each had a +4 and shared first. Third was a three-way tie at +3 among Don Moore, Ed Kilgoar and Dick Eby. Sixth went to Joe Cramer with a +2.

  • Coach Gene Doane: A lifetime spent coaching and teaching students

    Some people know what they want to do with their life at an early age. They don’t choose the big bucks, they choose to do what they love and that makes all the difference.

    Such a man is Gene Doane, better known as Coach Doane, of South Brunswick High School. He’s been coaching high school kids for a whopping 56 years.

    Today, at 74, Coach Doane is still going strong, teaching every day while he produces teams that qualify for state championships. As he mentors young athletes, he impacts the lives of Brunswick county youth in a positive way.

  • Those crazy rules of golf—Learn all about them or be sorry

    If you’ve played golf for as many years as I have, you’ve learned that the Rules of Golf are a strange and wonderful thing.

    The game of golf is played over miles of grass, deep holes that contain sand, ponds that contain water and swamps that contain snakes and alligators. There are rivers, creeks, bridges, bulkheading, forests, paved cartpaths, bushes and shrubs on a golf course.

  • Bob Jones named new chairman of The First Tee

    Bob Jones, of Ocean Isle Beach, has been named the new chairman of the board of directors of The First Tee of Brunswick County.

    He succeeds Mike Reaves, the former president of Brunswick Community College, who was chairman from 2006-08.

  • Golf action

    Two Calabash golfers had top-four finishes in the Carolinas Young Amateur Jan. 6 at the Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst.

    Zack Byrd, a Coastal Carolina University student, shot 72-70—142 on the 7,088-yard, par-72 course and finished tied for second. He had the best second round of the 65 golfers. He won $137.50.

    Drew Weaver, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot 65-71—136 for the six-stroke victory. He won $200.

  • Family grateful for holiday tournament

    Shallotte residents Jon and Dee Caudle received an early Christmas present for their ill son courtesy of Rivers Edge Golf Club and Plantation.

    A tournament played Dec. 20 raised money for Cam Caudle, who is battling Stage Three colon cancer. Cam, a Tampa, Fla., resident, is the father of two small children.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a modified Stableford tournament Jan. 2 at Cypress Bay. The winning team with a score of +17 was Paul Michal, Roger Dunham and Ed Kinney. Ed Kinney led the team with a +9.5 and an eagle on No. 15. Most over his points was Dennis McCann at +11.5. Low gross for the day was an 84 by Gary Gutheil and Paul Michal. Low nets were Ed Kinney at 65, Hal Riebesehl at 67, Dennis McCann at 68 and Roger Dunham at 69.

    BRICK LANDING

  • Golf action

    Bill Favro shot a net 62 and won the weekly Players Golf Association tournament at Meadowlands Golf Course. Second with a net 64 was Bob Lange. Third at 68 was Wil Garvin. Fourth at 69 was George Griffin. Favro also had the low gross of 76.

    GLANTON ACES

    PANTHER’S RUN 17th

    Beau Glanton made a hole-in-one Dec. 19 on the 17th hole at Panther’s Run. He used a 7-hybrid.

    BRIERWOOD MGA

  • Baby, it’s cold outside: How to stay warm while playing golf this winter

    It’s warm outside as I write this. The temperature is supposed to go higher than 70 degrees today, so my visiting family and I will be out on the course this afternoon wearing light clothing.

    That’s great, and one of the reasons we chose to live here on the Carolina coast.

    However, we do get cold weather here during the winter months. The temperature can dip way below freezing for several weeks at a time. Plus, because we’re next to the ocean, wind is a constant chill factor.

  • Merry Christmas to all

    Dear Reader, Since Christmas is a time to send letters and cards to friends and family, here’s my Christmas letter to y’all.

    The Christmas season is a reminder of the power of love and light. If you are a Christian, you commemorate the time when God reached down to earth and gave the ultimate gift, his son, Jesus.