It was with great sadness when I learned of the passing of Chris Hunt on March 27. Hunt was 43 when he died of hereditary hemochromatosis. He had been ill for several years.
Hunt was the face of junior golf when I moved to Charleston 30 years ago. He was a James Island boy, a product of Charleston Municipal who earned a scholarship to the University of Georgia by dominating play in the Junior Rice Planters, which he won twice; the Junior Azalea, which he won three times; and the Al Esposito. He also qualified for the U.S. Public Links.
After leaving Georgia, Hunt returned to the area and worked as an assistant professional at several courses when I got to know him. He teamed with Terry Florence, then the head pro at Wild Dunes Resort, to win the 1992 Carolinas Pro-Assistant championship, and displayed his great humor when he gave all the credit to Florence, even though Hunt made his share of birdies during the tournament.
"I just made sure Terry had everything he needed, that he didn't drive the car off a cliff or anything," said Hunt, who later added: "All I basically had to do was watch (Florence) play golf."
My condolences to Hunt's family and friends. He was a great guy.
Pine Forest wins
Pine Forest posted a score of 26 to win the Charleston Area Men's Interclub golf match at Miler Country Club. Miler and RiverTowne tied for second with 24. Jim Hemenway of Miler was the top individual with 13 points, followed by George Shread of Berkeley, 12, and Dorn Backman of Pine Forest, 11.
RiverTowne leads the yearly standings with 44.5 points, followed by: Crowfield, 37.5; Miler, 35.5; Berkeley, 31; Legend Oaks, 30.5; Shadowmoss, 28; Charleston National, 27.5; Wescott, 27; Pine Forest, 26.5; Stono Ferry, 25; Charleston Municipal, 21; Coosaw Creek, 21; and Dunes West, 16.
Mickey Rogers of Mount Pleasant won the Golf Channel Amateur Tour event at Kiawah Island Resort's Cougar Point. Curt Wegner of Mount Pleasant and John Moheyer of Baltimore tied for second. The next tournament is April 24 at the Founders Club on Pawleys Island. Contact Jim McLuen at (843) 822-3236.
--April 12: Monday Night Blitz, Charleston Municipal, $30 for nine holes and dinner, (843) 795-6517.
--April 23: Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry Drive Against Crime Tournament, Coosaw Creek Country Club, (843) 276-5950.
--April 29: Moncks Corner Kiwanis Club tournament, Berkeley Country Club, firstname.lastname@example.org.