Ryan Nelson of Charleston, who has played in two of the past three U.S. Opens, was one of three Charleston-area golfers who made it through the first stage of U.S. Open qualifying. Nelson, who played in the 2011 and 2013 U.S. Opens, finished second in the local qualifier held at Long Cove on Hilton Head Island, shooting 66 to earn one of five spots.
Ross Thomson of Daniel Island shot 70 and beat Robbie Biershenk of Greenville in a playoff for one of five spots at The Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six.
Kamito Hirai of Summerville, a former Winthrop golfer, tied for fourth with a 68 in qualifying at Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C.
Sectional qualifying will be held June 2 with successful golfers advancing to the U.S. Open that will be played June 12-15 at Pinehurst No. 2.
Registration is now open for the First Tee of Greater Charleston's Core Golf and Life Skills program and the LPGA-USGA Girls' Golf of Charleston. Visit charlestonfirsttee.com for information on the programs.
Charles Frost, formerly at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, has been named head professional at Kiawah Island Club's River Course while Michael Townsend, previously at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, has been named head professional at Cassique. Steve Kelleher, the former head pro at the River Course, now serves as the club's director of golf.
The Furman University men's golf program, which was rescued after almost being axed because of budget issues, has now formed the Furman Men's Golf Alumni Association. Former Furman standout Frank Ford III of Charleston is a member of the advisory board along with pro Brad Faxon, Heyward Sullivan, Jeff DeLoach and Rob Langley.
Furman athletic director Gary Clark said the initial fundraising goals to cover operational expenses for 2014-15 and pledges to cover expenses for 2015-16 have been met. The group has an initial goal of raising $2.5 million in scholarship endowment funds for the program.
Legend Oaks won its second straight match in the Charleston Area Men's Interclub Golf Association tournament played at Coosaw Creek Country Club, posting a score of +18. Coosaw Creek was second with +15 and RiverTowne third with +14. Greg Martin of RiverTowne was the top individual with +10. Jack Heidenreich of Dunes West finished second with +8 and Dick Ramsdell of Legend Oaks was third with +7.
Pine Forest leads the annual team competition by one point, 52-51, over Shadowmoss and Legend Oaks. Charleston Municipal is fourth with 50.5 and Wescott fifth with 47.
Jeff Emory shot 78 and beat Justin Inglett by four strokes to win the Charleston Golfweek Amateur Tour event played at Shadowmoss Plantation. Duane Bausman shot 80 and beat Stephen Kauble by one shot in A Flight. Denny Miller beat James Ravenel in a playoff after both shot 79s to tie for first place in B Flight. Jason Courtney won C Flight with a score of 90. Chris Hill shot 96 for a one-stroke win over Mike Miller in D Flight.
James Jaco beat Mike Phillips in a scorecard playoff to win A Flight in the inaugural Palmetto Senior Amateur Golf Tour event played at Coosaw Creek Country Club. Bob Wamboldt shot 78 and beat Fred Hyde by one stroke in B Flight. Jack Greco shot 81 and won C Flight by two shots over James Johnson. John Wilson won D Flight with a score of 90 while Dave Benson finished second with a 95.
Warren Peper made a double eagle on May 10 at Charleston Municipal Golf Course, holing his second shot from 195 yards on the par-5 hole. Peper make back-to-back 2s, also birdieing the par-3 11th hole. He used a 5-hybrid for the double eagle and shot even-par 72 for the day. Witnesses included Bubber Ulmer, Robert Soto, Bob Bacon and Mike Mazza.
Tuesday: Needtobreathe Classic golf tournament benefiting Global Health Care Initiatives, Daniel Island Club, $300 per player, call (843) 884-4545 or visit commonwealthcares.org.
May 30-June 1: Charleston Men's Amateur Golf Championship, Municipal Golf Course, $150, entry deadline May 23, call (843) 795-6517.
June 6: Chick-fil-A Dorchester Veteran Classic golf tournament, Wescott Golf Club, $70 per player, call (817) 505-5526 or email Andrea.firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 13-14: Charleston Ladies' City Amateur Golf Championship, Municipal Golf Course, $50, entry deadline is June 6, call (843) 795-6517.
June 23: Warriors 4 Warriors Foundation golf tournament to benefit local breast cancer survivors and their families, Charleston National Golf Club, visit warriors4warriorsfoundation.org, email Jodie@warriors4warriorsfoundation.org or call (843) 847-6037.
Aug. 23: Seventh annual Trip Page Classic benefiting The Citadel Foundation's Roscoe Ashley "Trip" Page III Scholarship Fund, Harbor Course-Wild Dunes Resort, $125 per player, visit trippageclassic.com.
SUNDAY, MARCH 2
Jeff Hamner, Berkeley Country Club, No. 15, 100 yards, gap wedge. Witnesses: Mark Cercopely, Larry Sheriff, David Mizzell.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16
Allan Kowal, Redbank Golf Course, No. 13, 104 yards, 9-iron. Witness: George Affuso.
MONDAY, APRIL 28
Pete Barber, Redbank Golf Course, No. 13, 104 yards, gap wedge. Witnesses: Denis Keane, Bill Allen, Jim Higgins.
THURSDAY, MAY 1
Lou Guidi, Redbank Golf Course, No. 6, 115 yards, 8-iron. Witnesses: Pete Barber, Steve Silverman, C.J. Johnson.
MONDAY, MAY 5
Bob Inglett, Redbank Golf Course, No. 6, 110 yards, 9-iron. Witnesses: Cliff Poole, Dana Love.
TUESDAY, MAY 6
Edison Waters, Hickory Knot State Resort Park Golf Course, No. 13, 130 yards, 6-iron. Witnesses: Tilford Copeland, Marcus Waters.
FRIDAY, MAY 9
Jim Gund, RiverTowne Country Club, No. 14, 175 yards, 4-iron. Witness: Jeff Hereford.
Isacc Haupstein, Bulls Bay Golf Club, No. 14, 169 yards, 4-hybrid. Witnesses: Bill Grebe, Ray Shaw.
MONDAY, MAY 12
Bill Tanner, Berkeley Country Club, No. 10, 138 yards, 5-iron. Witnesses: David Crawford, Gary Jones, Lance Johnson.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14
Paul Reiss, Bulls Bay Golf Club, No. 14, 165 yards, 5-iron. Witnesses: Van Joyce, Brandon Ellisen.
Alan Thompson, Turtle Point-Kiawah Island Golf Resort, No. 14, 143 yards, 6-iron. Witnesses:
Jim Altimis, George Meyers, Dave Cleck.
A hole-in-one should be reported by the golf course. Contact Tommy Braswell at (843) 937-5591, fax (843) 937-5579 or email email@example.com.