The winner of this past week's Charleston Women's City Amateur Golf Championship produced a lot of smiles around Municipal Golf Course. Lea Anne Brown, the 13-time winner of the tournament is popular and well-loved. But Victoria Tsurutis, who beat Brown in a two-hole playoff for the title, is "one of them" at the Muni.
Tsurutis, 21 and headed to her third year of pharmacy school at the Medical University of South Carolina, grew up playing at Muni, but her reputation hasn't spread much beyond Maybank Highway because she wasn't interested in college golf or traveling to tournaments.
"I took the recreational route. Now, I mostly play for fun," said Tsurutis, whose career-best 66 in the opening round of the tournament shows she can take it low with the best of golfers.
She got a set of golf clubs one Christmas "and never put them down." Her father arranged for lessons with Truie Timmons, an instructor at Wild Dunes, and Tsurutis blossomed. She played in junior tournaments and in high school, but a torn bicep took her off the course and she made the decision to play for fun.
Now, it's the occasional blitz at Muni, the Johnny Adams Mixed Team Championship and the Women's City Am, where she finished second in 2006 and 2008 before rising to the top this year. Congratulations to a deserving champ.
Moore wins Future Tour event
Caulder Moore of Isle of Palms captured the overall title in the Allied Waste Future Tour Championship played at Greenville (Miss.) Golf and Country Club. Moore shot 67-72—139 to finish two shots in front of Kevin Brady of Brandon, Miss. Charles Valuzzo of Mount Pleasant tied for 19th at 150, while Jackson Moore of Isle of Palms tied for 24th at 151. Jackson Moore was seventh in the boys' 14-15 age division.
Thompson third in PKB event
Elizabeth Thompson, who recently completed her sophomore year at Porter-Gaud, finished third in the Peggy Kirk Bell Spring Championship played at Salisbury (N.C.) Country Club, shooting 73-76—149. Courtney Taylor won with a score of 76-70—146.
Legend Oaks wins Interclub
Legend Oaks won the Charleston Area Men's Interclub Golf Association Tournament played at Legend Oaks, finishing with 14 points. Pine Forest was second with 12 points, Crowfield third with 7 and Coosaw Creek and RiverTowne tied for fourth with 4 points. Mike Stowell of Stono Ferry was the top individual with 9 points, while Jason Lowery and Terry Newman, both of Crowfield, finished with 7 points.
Legend Oaks leads the yearly standings with 66 points, followed by: Crowfield, 55; Pine Forest, 54; Stono Ferry, 53; Shadowmoss, 46.5; Charleston Municipal, 43.5; Miler, 40; RiverTowne, 38; Coosaw Creek, 36; Patriots Point, 34; Wescott, 32; Berkeley, 29.5; and Dunes West, 29.5.
Aces all around
Bill "Doc" Gibson has aces on all four of Snee Farm Country Club's par-3s — Nos. 4, 7, 11 and 17. He aced the fourth hole at Snee Farm on May 27 for his ninth hole in one and second of the year.
First Tee summer registration
Summer registration for The First Tee of Greater Charleston is open. All registration is being conducted online at TheFirstTeeGreaterCharleston.org. The eight-week program will run June 15 - Aug. 3. Classes will be offered Monday through Thursday evenings at Patriots Point Links with Monday and Tuesday evening classes at Wescott Plantation. Each program is open to any youth in the Greater Charleston area between 8 and 18 years of age. Participants will learn golf skills such as driving, chipping and putting along with The First Tee Nine Core Values of Life; honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, courtesy, judgment, confidence, responsibility and perseverance. PGA/LPGA professionals, PGA/LPGA apprentices, high school and college golfers and avid golfers will serve as certified instructors during the program.
Tuesday: Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament at Pine Forest Country Club, $55 per player, contact Eleanor Frisch at (843) 851-6729 or Pine Forest at (843) 851-1193.
Saturday-Sunday: Santee Amateur at Santee National, call (803) 854-3531 or 1-800-788-5646.
June 16-17: Mount Pleasant Junior Golf Open, Patriots Point Golf Links, open to boys and girls ages 8-18, age groups 8-12 ($50) and 13-18 ($65), call (843) 849-2385 or info is online at www.townofmountpleasant.com.
June 19: 10th annual Roy Myers Junior Open, Miler Country Club, open to male and female golfers ages 7-18, call (843) 873-2210 ext. 1 to register.
June 20-21: Father-Son/Daughter Golf Tournament, Miler Country Club, two-person captain's choice, call (843) 873-2210 ext. 1.
June 25: Herbie Orvin Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Herbie Orvin Memorial Fund and Timberland High School Athletics, Berkeley Country Club, $60 individual, contact Art Craig, (843) 567-8118 or (843) 312-9627.
June 26: Fore Tomato Golf Tournament to benefit Edisto Island Open Land Trust, The Plantation Course at Edisto, contact Leland Vaughn (843) 869-1111.
June 26: Abby's Friends Charity Tournament to benefit MUSC Children's Hospital Pediatric Endocrinology Department, Juvenile Diabetes Research Department, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and Camp Adam Fisher, contact Kendell Sutterlin at (843) 364-6731 or online at www.abbysfriends.org.
Aug. 8: Out Drive Diabetes Golf Tournament benefiting Juvenile Diabetes, Shadowmoss Plantation, $60 peer player, contact David Belknap at OutDriveDiabetes@yahoo.com.