Schronce isn't an unfamiliar name on the leaderboard in Carolinas PGA Section golf tournaments. But the Schronce name that was etched on the winner's trophy for this week's Carolinas Open played at the Surf Golf and Beach Club in North Myrtle Beach caught a lot of people by surprise, including Reid Schronce, a longtime CPGA member who spent seven years as the head pro at Snee Farm Country Club.
Ivan Schronce, 37, Reid and Eva Schronce's oldest son, won the Carolinas Open going away, finishing the 54-hole event at 11-under-par 202. He was five shots ahead of his nearest challengers with rounds of 67, 69 and 66. It was only the second CPGA event in which the younger Schronce has competed. He is an apprentice in the PGA of America program at Masonboro (N.C.) Country Club.
"My play didn't surprise me until the last day. I've been playing lights-out for about a month," said Schronce, who had six birdies on the front nine and seven for the round.
Schronce, who attended Wando High, had his own local landscape company for 10 years, fished a number of professional redfish tournaments while living in the Lowcountry and began playing mini-tour events several years ago.
Reid Schronce, now 58, was the CPGA Seniors player of the year twice and has won numerous tournaments but never a major. Now a detective with the New Hanover (N.C.) County Sheriff's Department, Reid kept up with the tournament via the Internet until the last possible moment, then he and wife Eva made a beeline for the Surf Golf and Beach Club, arriving in time see Ivan collect his trophy and the $5,000 winner's check.
City Amateur this week
The 60th Charleston Men's City Amateur championship will be played Friday-Sunday at Charleston Municipal. Former College of Charleston standout Tim Tang won last year's championship by seven shots over Mike Cobb. Tang has since turned professional and is playing mini-tour golf.
Dunes West wins
Dunes West posted a score of 6 to win the Charleston Area Men's Interclub Golf Association match played at Coosaw Creek by one point over Pine Forest. Crowfield was third with 3 points and Coosaw Creek finished with 2 points. Gene Youngstedt of Pine Forest was the top individual with 7 points. George Adrian of Coosaw Creek was second with 6 points and Ed Rose of Dunes West and Ron Brandon of Charleston National tied for third with 5 points.
Crowfield leads the yearly standings with 48.5 points, followed by: RiverTowne, 47.5; Miler, 39.5; Pine Forest, 38.5; Legend Oaks, 37.5; Berkeley, 37; Shadowmoss, 37; Charleston National, 35.5; Wescott, 32; Coosaw Creek, 31; Dunes West, 31; Stono Ferry, 26; and Charleston Municipal, 23.
--Tuesday: RiverDogs fifth annual Fun is Good tournament to benefit MUSC Storm Eye Institute, Wild Dunes Resort, $500 per team or $125 individual, contact Melissa McCants at (843) 723-7241 or log on to www.riverdogs.com.
--Tuesday: Spirit of Caring to benefit Roper St. Francis Nursing Scholarship Fund, Daniel Island Club's Ralston Creek course, $1,500 per foursome, contact Joan Wherley at (843) 724-2193 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
--Friday: Knology sixth annual Charity Golf Classic to benefit MUSC Children's Hospital, Wescott Plantation, $125 individual, $500 per team ($60 individual and $240 per team for Knology customers), contact Kayla Droney at (843) 225-1012 or Kayla.email@example.com.
--Saturday: Eighth annual Josh Swicord Memorial Golf Tournament, Berkeley Country Club, $50 for BCC members, $60 for non-members, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (843) 761-1566.
--May 17-19: WSCGA Senior Amateur, Country Club of Charleston, (843) 795-2312, www.wscga.org.
--May 18: Big Brothers/Big Sisters Golf Tournament, Daniel Island Club, www.becomeabig.org.
--May 22: Charles DuBose Memorial Tournament to benefit The ARK, which provides family support for people with Alzheimer's and other dementia-related disorders, $60 for adults, $45 for students, call Peg Lahmeyer at (843) 832-2357.