When Chris Ravenel and his playing partners arrived at the 12th hole of Cougar Point during last weekend's Porter-Gaud Alumni Tournament at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, a Ford Expedition was parked there as the prize for a player making a hole-in-one.
"Hey, take my picture of my new car," Ravenel joked to playing partners Costa Chakeris, Eddie Buck and Ashley Cooper.
A few moments later, the car belonged to Ravenel for real, pending a little paperwork with the company that insured the vehicle against the hole-in-one. Ravenel said he has been to Porter-Gaud to sign forms and get a 1099 tax form on the vehicle, which had a sticker price of $41,000.
"It was a perfect, pure shot," Ravenel said of the 4-iron he hit from 200 yards. "I actually had no idea until I saw the guys witnessing it hooping and hollering. The flag was at a spot where I couldn't see it."
Ravenel said he played a lot of golf as a junior, starting around age 6 but now only plays a few times a year. It was his first hole in one. He is in the home-building business and said it was a nice stroke of luck after the last few years.
Asked if he had to buy drinks, a tradition for golfers who make aces, he said his friends told him to put the money toward the tax bill.
"But they did ask what the (driving) rotation schedule was on the car," he said.
The fifth annual Tommy Cuthbert Charity Classic will be played July 29 at Cougar Point. The entry fee is $125 per player and the entry deadline is July 22, with proceeds going to the Lung-Cancer Center at MUSC's Hollings Cancer Center. Cuthbert was the longtime director of golf at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Contact Tiffany Pickard at (843) 266-4634 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legend Oaks wins
Legend Oaks won the Charleston Area Men's Interclub Golf Association match held at Legend Oaks, compiling 49 points. Stono Ferry was second with 37 and Charleston Municipal third with 32. Mike Sukja of Coosaw Creek was the top individual with 15 points, followed by Ron Clayton of Miler with 13. Chuck Bryden of Stono Ferry, Dennis Wheeldon of Legend Oaks and Dorn Backman of Pine Forest all had 12 points.
Miler leads the yearly standings with 70.5 points. Municipal is second with 59.5.
Cody wins Santee Am
Austin Cody of North Charleston, a rising sophomore at Duke, birdied the second playoff hole to defeat his former Pinewood Prep teammate Kamito Hirai and win the Santee Amateur golf tournament played at Santee National Golf Course. Cody shot 69-72--141, while Hirai shot 70-71--141. Bob Varn of Orangeburg was successful in his defense of the senior division, shooting 69-78--147 to beat Joe Fairey of St. Matthews by one shot.
Caulder Moore of Isle of Palms and Caleb Sturgeon of Laurens beat Will Ovenden of Spartanburg and Brad Sill of Duncan, 5 and 4, to win the 2011 South Carolina Golf Association Four-Ball Championship played at Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg.
Waggoner, Hirai post thirds
Grant Waggoner of North Charleston finished third at 70-70--140 in the Jimmy Self Junior Festival of Flowers Tournament played at Greenwood Country Club. Cody Proveaux of Leesville won with a total of 133. Reona Hirai finished third in the girls division with a score of 72-74--146, five shots behind Chelsey Couch of Ware Shoals.
Spencer, Glasgow qualify
Kyle Spencer of Mount Pleasant has qualified for the second time for the Optimist International Championship in the boys 12-13 age group and Davis Glasgow has qualified in the boys 14-15 age group. The tournament will be played July 21-26 at PGA National in West Palm Beach, Fla. Spencer also has been invited to represent the U.S. in the Callaway Junior Golf Championships, which will be played July 12-14 in San Diego.
Three-hour golf rounds?
Kiawah Island Golf Resort will be testing a new program from July 9-Aug. 31 at four of its courses targeting three-hour golf rounds. Tee times will be set aside at Osprey Point, Oak Point, Cougar Point and Turtle Point for singles, twosomes and threesomes with a target of playing in three hours or less. Time and dates for the Ocean Course have not been determined. Information is available at www.kiawahresort.com.
--Saturday: Fourth annual Tomato Open Tournament, a benefit for the Edisto Island Open Land Trust, The Plantation Course at Edisto, $125 per player or $500 per team, call Leland Vaughn at (843) 868-1111 or George Kimberly at (843) 869-9004.
--Saturday-Sunday: Father-Son/Daughter Tournament, Country Club of Summerville, $150 per team, Father-Son/Daughter, call (843) 873-2210.
--June 25: Summerville Golf League, Dunes West, visit www.summervillegolfleague.com or call (843) 209-5143.
--June 28-29: Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of SC Big I National Championship qualifying tournament, Country Club of Orangeburg, open to boys and girls 18 and younger, Visit www.iiabsc.com/jrgolf or call the IIABSC office at ( 803) 731-9460.
Reach Tommy Braswell at 937-5591. Also, check out his Lowcountry Links blog.