For Lea Anne Brown, last Saturday was a day she didn't want to end, so much so that she purposely stayed up until midnight to enjoy the day to the fullest.
In a ceremony that took before a packed house at Columbia Country Club, Brown, 51, was inducted into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame, the 60th member and the 14th female to be inducted.
"They kept saying it was the largest crowd they've ever had. Before there was a maximum of 175 but there were 240 people there. The dining room was bursting at the seams. I was very honored to have that many friends and family there," Brown said.
The Kentucky native said all of her family plus all of her husband Hart's family came. One of Hart's cousins drove 19 hours from Salem, Mass., to attend. Brown is the membership director at Bulls Bay Golf Club and before that worked at Wild Dunes Resort for a number of years, and a number of co-workers and former co-workers were also on hand.
Brown was nominated by Sarah Rijswijk, who made the introductory speech at the Hall of Fame ceremonies, recounting many of Brown's accomplishments as both player and someone who has contributed to the game of golf.
Brown has won the Charleston Women's City Amateur 13 times, including nine in a row from 1984-92. She also has won the Women's South Carolina Golf Association stroke play and match play titles three times and in 1991 became the first to win both in the same year. She also works with the First Tee of Charleston program and has played in nine U.S. Golf Association tournaments.
"The very first time I was (at the Hall of Fame) was when Terry Florence was inducted in 2005," Brown said of Florence, who hired her at both Wild Dunes and Bulls Bay and has been a longtime personal friend as well.
"I just thought it was awesome how the ceremony took place," she recalled. "Not that I even thought I had a chance. But I always dreamed that one day it would be so nice to be included in that group.
"It was truly one of the best days of my life. I was exhausted. I told Hart I had to stay up until midnight because I did not want the day to end."
Bryce Howell of Blythewood shot 73 and Mary Chandler Bryan of Chapin posted a 76 to win the boys and girls division in the Picard (individual) division of the annual Ford-Picard Christmas Classic held at the Links Course at Wild Dunes Resort. Jay and Jim Eskew of Mount Pleasant won the Ford (parent-child) division with a score of 74.
Division I -- Jackson Moore (Isle of Palms)-Bill Smunk (Kingstree), 74; Bryce Howell-Chuck Howell (Blythewood), 75; Andrew Grice-Bucky Grice (Columbia), 75. Division II -- Jay Eskew-Jim Eskew (Mount Pleasant), 74; Stuart Gibbs III-Wynn Gibbs (Greenville), 74; Kelli Murphy-Peter Murphy (Elgin), 79; Nathalie Lezcano-Lenin Lezcano (Hilton Head), 79. Division III -- Jodee Tindall-Kevin Tindall (Rock Hill), 73; Kylie Nizolek-Mark Nizolek (Bluffton), 73; Savannah Hallman-Treg Hallman (Mount Pleasant); 80; Alexandria McCain-Joseph McCain (Lancaster), 80. Division IV -- Andrew Blum-Buck Blum (Fort Mill), 79; Molly Park-William Park (Daniel Island), 82; Evan White-John White (Greenville), 83.
Boys 12-under -- Evan White, Greenville, 44; Davis Yearout, Mount Pleasant, 45; Jay Westmoreland, 48. Boys 13-14 -- Jamie Wilson, Mount Pleasant, 71; Stuart Gibbs III, Greenville, 73; Justin Hood, St. Matthews, 76. Boys 15-18 -- Bryce Howell, Blythewood, 73; Christian Sease, Mount Pleasant, 76; Andrew Grice, Columbia, 77; Garris Killingsworth, Johns Island, 79; Grant Garrison, Anderson, 79. Girls 13-under -- Clara Park, Daniel Island, 51; Sarah Kennedy, Greenwood, 51; Jodee Tindal, Rock Hill, 52. Girls 14-18 -- Mary Chandler Bryan, Chapin, 76; Kelli Murphy, Elgin, 77; Annika Bovender, Mount Pleasant, 82; Jacqueline Twitty, Chapin, 83; Chandler Case, Rock Hill, 84; Molly Park, Daniel Island, 88; Nathalie Lezcano, Hilton Head, 88.
Host Stono Ferry won the January Charleston Area Men's Interclub Golf Association match with a score of -4. Wescott was second with -10 and Charleston Municipal and Miler tied for third with -23. Stan Petrohovich of Wescott and Harold George of Miler tied for individual honors with 6 points. Rich Unger of Stono Ferry and Pat Guinta of Legend Oaks tied for third with 5.
Feb. 10: College of Charleston baseball Take Me Out to the Ballgame tournament, Patriots Point Links, $100 per player, call (843) 953-3683 or go to cofcsports.com.