The inaugural Draft A Celebrity Golf Championship, benefiting the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center and the Lowcountry Food Bank, will be played Feb. 15 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort's Ocean Course.
Participants will bid online for draft position to play with a list of celebrities that range from South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier to Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson. Once the bidding process ends, the team with the highest bid will have the No. 1 selection.
Also committed to play are former NFL players Brian Dawkins, George Rogers, Jerome Bettis, Kordell Stewart and Joe Delamielleure, well-known coaches Chad Morris, Fisher DeBerry, Ralph Friedgen and Bobby Cremins, former NBA all-star Eric "Sleepy" Floyd, actress Catherine Bell, actor Bill Murray and musician Eric Bass.
Former Furman and Vanderbilt head football coach Bobby Johnson chairs the board of directors for the first-year tournament.
Visit draftacelebrity.com for more information.
Jacqueline Twitty and Jeff Twitty Gibbs of Chapin captured the Parent-Child Division with a score of 67, while Jaelyn Tindal of Rock Hill shot a 1-over 73 to win the overall individual title in the 20th annual Ford Picard Parent Christmas Classic junior golf tournament played at the Links Course at Wild Dunes Resort.
Tindal won the girls' 14-18 age group in the Ford portion of the tournament by three shots over Kelli Murphy and Brandi Hammonds, who both shot 76s. Twitty finished fourth at 77 and Jodee Tindal was fifth at 80. Anna Grace Brock won the girls' 13-under division with a score of 43. Zachary Herold beat Bryson Nimmer in a playoff for the boys' 13-18 age group after both players shot 75. Carson Mudger and Justin Hood tied for third at 76. Wilson Yearout and Jake Smith tied for fifth at 78. John Flintom won the boys' 12-under age group with a score of 36. Drayton Stewart was second with a 40, followed by Johnny Velasquez, 43; Jack Wofford, 44; and Trace Guyton, 51.
Other winners in the Picard Parent-Child portion of the tournament were: First - John M. Flintom-Michael Flintom, 77; Second - Emily Dunlap-Billy Dunlap, 81; and Third - Derek Loy-Richard Loy, 78.
The tournament honors two Charleston golfing legends, the late Frank Ford who was a seven-time S.C. Amateur champion and the late Henry Picard, a World Golf Hall of Fame professional who won the 1938 Masters and 1939 PGA Championship.
S.C. Golf Hall of Fame
Karen Ferree of Hilton Head and the late George Cobb, a well-known golf course architect, will be the 2013 inductees into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame on Jan. 11 at Columbia Country Club.
Ferree will be joining her husband Jim Ferree in the hall of fame. Ferree, who has won Carolinas, Junior, Senior and Women's Four-Ball titles, is a two-time Women's S.C. Golf Association stroke-play winner and three-time WSCGA match-play champion. She also has won the WSCGA Senior Championship five times.
Cobb is credited with more than 200 designs and re-designs of courses throughout the country and designed Augusta National's Par-3 Course.
Charleston Golf Week
The inaugural Charleston Golf Week will coincide with Charleston Restaurant Week with many area courses offering reduced rates. "Appetizer" courses include Coosaw Creek, Dunes West, Charleston National, Stono Ferry, Wild Dunes Harbor, Legend Oaks and Wescott. "Entree" courses are RiverTowne and Charleston National. Shadowmoss is the "Dessert" offering. "Stay and Play" courses are Kiawah's Oak Point, Dunes West and Coosaw Creek. Visit charlestongolfweek.com or call (800) 774-4444.
Charles Tilghman Junior
Several area golfers had top-10 finishes at the recent Charles Tilghman Junior Championship played at the Surf Golf and Beach Club in North Myrtle Beach. Dwight Cauthen of Columbia was the overall boys champion with a two-round total of 138. Austin Zoller of Summerville finished in a tie for sixth at 144 and tied for third in the boys' 17-18 age group. Kyle Spencer of Mount Pleasant tied for eighth in the boys' 15-16 age group with a 148 total. Annika Bovender of Mount Pleasant was 10th overall in the girls' division with a score of 157 and also 10th in the girls' 16-18 age group. Kate Harper of Isle of Palms was second in the girls' 13-15 age group with a score of 159.
The South Carolina Golf Association will present the following honors during SCGA Golf Day activities on Jan. 11 at Columbia Country Club. Todd White of Hilton Head, who qualified for the 2013 Walker Cup Matches, is the player of the year while Rick Cloninger of Fort Mill is the senior player of the year. The U.S. Golf Association is the Tom Fazio Service to Golf Award winner; Doug Smith of Spartanburg is the Charlie Drawdy Distinguished Service Award recipient; and the Country Club of Lexington is the SCGA Club of the Year.
The Carolinas Golf Association is holding 15 free USGA Rules of Golf seminars throughout the Carolinas, including one March 12 at Wescott Golf Club (5:30-7:30 p.m.). Participants are asked to pre-register at carolinasgolf.org.
Jan. 11: Fort Dorchester High School Golf Tournament, Turtle Point-Kiawah Island Golf Resort, contact Coach Tom Wilson at (843) 568-1464.
Feb. 1: Team William T1D Tee Off juniors (ages 8-18) golf tournament to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Association, Summerville Country Club, $45 per player, S.C. Junior Golf Association ranking event, contact Susie Wimberly at (843) 568-7830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 15: Draft A Celebrity Golf Championship, Ocean Course-Kiawah Island Golf Resort, visit draftacelebrity.com or call (843) 568-5703.
THURSDAY, DEC. 19
Emily Shearer, Dunes West Golf Club, No. 6, 110 yards, 7-iron. Witness: Nancy Mann.
SATURDAY, DEC. 21
Gary Brennan, Coosaw Creek Country Club, No. 15, 146 yards, 9-iron. Witnesses: Blair Crawford, Ward Tucker, David Baideme.
A hole-in-one should be re¬ported by the golf course. Contact Tommy Braswell at (843) 937-5591, fax (843) 937-5579 or email email@example.com.