The College of Charleston men’s and women’s golf teams are hosting major tournaments today through Tuesday.
The women’s team is holding the 10th annual Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall Club, a 24-team event that will include eight of the top 10 teams from last year’s final national rankings including defending national champion Alabama and runner-up Southern Cal. Alabama was ranked No. 2 and Southern Cal No. 3 in the final rankings
Other teams in the top 25 and their final 2012 rankings include: LSU (4), North Carolina (6), Auburn (7), Duke (8), Vanderbilt (9), Georgia (12), Florida (13), Tennessee (15), South Carolina (18), Virginia (21) and N.C. State (23).
The third men’s Invitational is being played at the Ocean Course, with Florida returning to defend its team title. Other schools participating include Akron, South Florida, USC Aiken, Mercer, Houston, Alabama-Birmingham, Stephen F. Austin, Georgia Southern, Texas-Arlington, USC Upstate, Davidson, St. Johns and Texas State.
A drawing for a free round for a foursome in the fourth annual Ken Burger Prostate Challenge Golf Tournament will be held for those who register to attend a Free Men’s Health Night aboard the USS Yorktown at 6 p.m. Sept. 27. The event, sponsored by Roper St. Francis Healthcare, includes educational sessions with doctors and prostate cancer survivors as well as a free dinner. To register, call (843) 402-4273. Winners will be contacted Sept. 13. The Burger Prostate Challenge Golf Tournament will be played Sept. 20 at the Ocean Course.
Alex Ellis won the Berkeley Invitational with a 54-hole score of 199, four shots in front of Ross Thomson in Championship A. David Denlinger and Neil Gowan tied for third at 204. Chris Terry and Tim Mitchell tied for first in B with scores of 210, while David Farris was first in C with a score of 216. Other flight winners were:
First – Art Hightower Jr., 213; Second – Doug Williams, 226; Ellis Greene, 226; Tyler Dirks, 226. Third – Kasey King, 226. Fourth – Alton Hutto, 233; Mac Frye, 233; Charlie Davis, 233. Fifth – Joey Chapa, 237. Sixth – Norris Law, 257; Seventh – Mike Jackman, 289.
Lucas McNellis of Charleston, representing the Mount Pleasant Chapter of the South Carolina Junior Golf Association, shot 78-75—153 scored a one-shot victory in the boys 15-18 age group in the Tommy Cuthbert All-Stars held at Seabrook Island Club’s Ocean Winds course. Brandy Hammonds of Bluffton was the girls champion at 80-82—162. Mount Pleasant successfully defended its team title.
Other local standouts in age group were: Luis Thompson, Charleston, 77, second in boys 8-9; Drayton Stewart, Charleston, 80, second in boys 10-12; Jamie Wilson, Mount Pleasant, 151, first in boys 13-14; Kyle Spencer, Mount Pleasant, 159, T-3 in boys 13-14; Clara Park, Daniel Island, 95, second in girls 11-13; Kathleen Sumner, Daniel Island, 170, third in girls 14-18; Rachel Rich, Mount Pleasant, 96, second in girls 8-10; and Kayla Bartemeyer, Mount Pleasant, 98, third in girls 8-10.
Dunes West had a score of 43 to win the Charleston Area Men’s Interclub Golf Association match played at Wescott Plantation, with Wescott finishing second with 42 points and Berkeley and Stono Ferry tying for third with 41 points. John Fender of Legend Oaks was the top individual with 12 points, followed by Walt Hicks of Crowfield and Dennis Laabs of RiverTowne tying for second with 11 points.
Wescott leads the yearly standings with 90.5 point, followed by: Stono Ferry, 87.5; Dunes West, 76.5; Crowfield, 72; and Charleston Municipal, 68.
Treg and Savannah Hallman (132) of Mount Pleasant finished first in the Tournament Division in the Carolinas Mixed Team Championship played at Myrtlewood Golf Club in Myrtle Beach. Cass and Todd Manley of Moncks Corner placed second. Charles Gibbs and Teddy Stockwell, both of Johns Island, tied for first in Senior Division 2 with a score of 150.
Kelly Mitchum of Southern Pines, N.C., won the recent Carolinas PGA Professional Championship at Daniel Island Club with a two-round total of 133, two shots in front of Billy Anderson of Wilmington, N.C.