The freezing temperatures that swept across the Lowcountry earlier this week caused big problems for the 34th annual E-Z-Go Carolinas PGA Pro-Am played at Wild Dunes Resort. Tuesday's freezing conditions forced the cancellation of the round and resulted in the tournament being shortened to separate 18-hole events on Wednesday at the resort's two courses.
There was a three-way tie for first at 3-over 75 on the Links Course between Jeff Peck of Carolina Golf and Country Club, Micah Vugrinec of Fayetteville Country Club, and Jeremy Story of Sage Valley Country Club. Jeff Minton of Wild Dunes and Daniel Thore of Crooked Tree Country Club tied for fourth at 77. Biltmore Forest's team won the pro-am portion at 9-under 135, two strokes better than Sage Valley.
Burke Cromer of Northwoods Golf Club, a former winner of the event, won the Harbor Course title with a 4-under 66. Cory Schneider of Pointe Golf Club was second with a 70, while Greg Boyette of Bulls Bay, Jason Cherry of Haig Point, Brooks Blackburn of Palmetto Golf Club, and Jack Fleissner of Rock Barn tied for third with 72s. Northwoods won the team title with a 127, and Pawleys Island was second with a 130.
Ocean Course No. 60
Kiawah Island Golf Resort's Ocean Course, which hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship, is No. 60 in Golf Digest's inaugural World 100 Greatest Courses which will appear in the February issue of the publication.
The Ocean Course was the only South Carolina course that made the list. Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina, site of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open, is No. 46, while Wade Hampton in Cashiers, N.C., is No. 69.
Pine Valley in New Jersey was the No. 1 course, followed by Cypress Point, Calif.; Augusta National, Ga.; Royal County Down, Northern Ireland; Shinnecock, N.Y.; Royal Dornoch, Scotland; St. Andrews, Scotland; Muirfield, Scotland; Royal Melbourne, Australia; and Oakmont, Pa.
Briar's Creek director
Eve VanderWeele was appointed director of golf at The Golf Club at Briar's Creek, replacing Chris Edwards, who has taken a position at Daniel Island. VanderWeele has been the teaching professional at Briar's Creek for the past five years.
She played for the College of Charleston from 1993-97 and competed professionally from 1998-2003. She also serves as assistant women's golf coach for the College of Charleston and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2012. Her staff at Briar's Creek also will include her husband Greg VanderWeele, who will manage the men's golf program at Briar's Creek and who most recently worked for Kiawah Island Golf Club.
Host Stono Ferry won the inaugural 2014 Charleston Area Men's Interclub Golf Association match, posting a score of -18. Dunes West was second with -25, followed by Berkeley, -30; Pine Forest, -35; and RiverTowne and Wescott, both -40. The top individual was Jim Carlton of Pine Forest, who finished with 9 points. Larry Hendrix was second with 5 points.
First Tee registration
Registration is open for the First Tee of Greater Charleston Spring Core Golf and Life Skills Program. Programs take place the weeks of Feb. 17 through April 12 in afternoon and evening hours at Patriots Point, Wescott and Charleston Municipal. The cost is $70 for new members and $45 for returning members. Call (843) 737-5656 or visit charlestonfirsttee.com.
The second annual Denny & Mark Pro-Am Jam at Daniel Island Club raised $165,000 for charities. The event was led by NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin, Hootie & the Blowfish founding member Mark Bryan and Denis Gallagher, CEO of Student Transportation and a member of the Daniel Island Club.
In its two-year history the event, which includes a celebrity pro-am tournament, has raised more than $300,000. Student Transportation received a donation of $55,000; Bryan's non-profit Carolina Studios received $55,000; $40,000 was donated to MUSC Children's Hospital for cystic fibrosis on behalf of the Denny Hamlin Foundation; and another $15,000 was allocated to funding other projects and donation requests from the Denny Hamlin Foundation.
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 email@example.com.
Feb. 15: Draft A Celebrity Golf Championship, Ocean Course-Kiawah Island Golf Resort, visit draftacelebrity.com or call (843) 568-5703.
March 4: Knights of Columbus Council 9475 Golf Outing to support The Daughters of St. Paul and Operation Hope, Harbor Course-Wild Dunes Resort, $100 per player, contact Jim Welsch at (843) 849-1979, (843) 442-9614 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, JAN. 5
Ken Bozeman, Links Course-Wild Dunes Resort, No. 16, 103 yards, pitching wedge. Witnesses: Scott Brawley, Cameron Archer, George Karnazes.
FRIDAY, JAN. 10
Vaughn Lochner, Oak Forest-Wescott Golf Club, No. 3, 123 yards, 8-iron. Witnesses: Bill Milfelt, Bob Lukas, Jonathon Rittenhouse.
A hole-in-one should be reported by the golf course. Contact Tommy Braswell at (843) 937-5591, fax (843) 937-5579 or email email@example.com.