Former U.S. Women's Senior Amateur champ Bower dies

Alberta "B" Bower, the 1975 U.S. Women's Senior Amateur champion and a two-time winner of the Charleston Women's City Amateur, died on Aug.2 1 in Charleston at the age of 91. She had lived in Charleston since 1981 and had been a member of the Country Club of Charleston.

During a long, illustrious golf career Bower, who was born in Owensboro, Ky., won state titles in Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and South Carolina. She won her second Charleston Women's Amateur in 1986 at the age of 74.

Lea Anne Brown, a 13-time Women's City Amateur who competed against Bower, said Bower was very dignified.

"She was a great competitor," Brown said. "You could never count her out. She always made up for a mistake with her short game."

Bower was the widow of Albert Bunker Bower. The couple had four children.

Bill Smunk, a longtime Charleston resident who now lives in Kingstree, will be inducted into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame in January at Columbia Country Club. Smunk, 64, has won the South Carolina Amateur, South Carolina Mid-Amateur and South Carolina senior titles, is a nine-time Yeamans Hall club champion and a three-time Bulls Bay club champion. He has been a member of the South Carolina Golf Association's Palmetto Cup team 23 times.

Lea Anne Brown was co-medalist in qualifying for the U.S. Women's Senior Amateur held recently at the Sea Island (Ga.) Retreat Course. This is the fourth time Brown has qualified for the event for female amateurs 50 and older. It will be played Sept. 13-18 at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, N.J.

Casey Smith, an amateur from Abbeville, shot 5-under-par 135 to win the Carolinas PGA Yeamans Hall Senior Open. He finished three shots in front of Chris Tucker of Fort Mill and five ahead of George Bryan of Chapin. Perry Green of Wescott Golf Club tied for 10th at 145.

N. Charleston Open

The North Charleston Open will be played Saturday and Sunday at Wescott Golf Club. Entry forms are available at or by calling (843) 871-2135. The event is for professionals and amateurs and includes seniors and women's divisions.

Sept. 15: Hollings Cancer Center Golf Tournament, Turtle Point-Kiawah Island Golf Resort, $1,500 per foursome, contact Kiki Cooper at (843) 792-1669, email or visit

Sept. 15: Patriots of the Lowcountry Golf Tournament to support wounded veterans and military families, Dunes West Golf Club, $125 per player, visit or call (843) 437-3777.

Sept. 15: Charleston Red Shield Classic benefiting the Salvation Army, Harbor Course-Wild Dunes Resort, $125 per player or $400 per team, contact Joe Buckheister at (843) 297-2995 or Rusty Patterson at (843) 571-2558.

Sept. 15: Charleston Civitan Club Golf for Friends tournament, Crowfield Golf and Country Club, $60 per player ($50 up to Aug. 10), contact Jack Cervini at (843) 696-1966, Frank DeLustro at (803) 492-9509 or email

Sept. 16: Medal of Honor Bowl Golf Classic, Daniel Island Club, $625 per player, contact Shelly Gardner at (843) 814-1776 or email

Sept. 16: East Cooper Meals on Wheels Charity Golf Classic, Bulls Bay Golf Club, contact Chris Brooks at (843) 881-9350 or email

Sept. 19: Teacher's Supply Closet-Tee It Up for Kids golf tournament, Links at Stono Ferry, $110 per player before Sept. 5 ($125 after), contact Bob Wolfe at

Sept. 20: St. John's High School third annual Island Golf Tournament, Oak Point-Kiawah Island Golf Resort, $90 per player, contact Tiffany Magwood at (843) 559-6400 ext. 6226.

Sept. 20-21: Charleston City Four-Ball, Municipal Golf Course, entry deadline 5 p.m. Sept. 12, entry fee $250 per team, limited to 96 teams, call (843) 795-6517.

Sept. 20-21: Plantation Course at Edisto Summer Shootout, $150 for Plantation Course members, $175 for non-members, call (843) 869-1111.

Sept. 28: Fourth annual Four Paws Open golf tournament benefiting Lowcountry Animal Rescue, Summerville Country Club, $75 per player, contact Mark Eckels at (843) 814-2911.

Oct. 10: Charlie Miller Memorial Golf Tournament presented by Omar Shriners, Summerville Country Club, $60 per player or $240 per team, visit or contact Julian Seale at (843) 296-0094.

Oct. 13: Charleston Sheriff's Office 16th annual Golf Tournament, Links at Stono Ferry, $65 per player or $260 per team, entry deadline Oct. 3, contact Carol Buckhannon at (843) 202-7700 or email

Oct. 13: SCORE Coastal Chapter Golf Tournament, Charleston National, $95 per player or $380 per team, visit or call (843) 442-5558.


Jacob Steiner, Harbor Course-Wild Dunes Resort, No. 11, 6-iron. Witnesses: Wil Surratt, Brooke Surratt, Marc Steiner.


Gary Kaushagen, Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club, No. 12, 130 yards, 8-iron. Witnesses: Harry Gray, Hugh Knight.


Rob Smith, Bulls Bay Golf Club, No. 17, 154 yards, 9-iron. Witnesses: Turner Merritt, Joel Smith.


Tom Stallings, River Course-Kiawah Island Club, No. 12, 130 yards, 9-iron. Witnesses: Mike Shea, Gary Head, Doug Miller.


Mike Bauer, Bulls Bay Golf Club, No. 17, 152 yards, 9-iron. Witnesses: Joe Padgette, Jeff Poet.


Don Ries, Yeamans Hall Club, No. 3, 125 yards, pitching wedge. Witnesses: Bill Glenn, Paul Rubel, Pat Brugh.

A hole-in-one should be reported by the golf course. Contact Tommy Braswell at (843) 937-5591, fax (843) 937-5579 or email