Ocean Course fifth in public access

Kiawah Island Golf Resort's Ocean Course held its position in Golf Magazine's biennial rankings of the Top 100 Courses You Can Play, rankings of the country's top public access golf courses.

The Ocean Course is ranked fifth, behind Pacific Dunes, Pebble Beach, Pinehurst No. 2 and Bethpage Black.

Rounding out the top 10 are Whistling Straits, TPC Sawgrass, Bandon Dunes, Harbour Town and Old McDonald (Oregon).

Five other South Carolina courses made the top 100 - No. 27 Caledonia Golf and Fish Club in Pawleys Island; No. 42 The Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach; No. 51 May River Golf Club in Bluffton; No. 77 True Blue in Pawleys Island; and No. 85 Barefoot Resort-Love Course in North Myrtle Beach.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort will hold its fifth annual series of Military Appreciation Golf Clinics on Sept. 30 (5-6 p.m.); Oct. 23 (4-5 p.m.); and Nov. 20 (4-5 p.m.) at Turtle Point Golf Club. The clinics are open to active-duty military members who register. Contact Josh Wagaman at (843) 266-4021 or email josh_wagaman@kiawahresort.com.

Head professional Charles Frost and club owner Chris Randolph from Kiawah Island Club's River Course won a chip-off with T.J. Bridges and Doug Cullen of River Hills Country Club to win the Carolinas PGA Pro-Official golf tournament played at Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken. Both teams shot 64 in the four-ball stroke-play event.

Hayley Hammond of Mooresville, N.C., and Lea Venable of Simpsonville shot 132 at Dataw Island's Cotton Dike course to win the Carolinas Women's Four-Ball by nine shots. Teams were pre-flighted within their chosen division. Teddy Stockwell and Laura Rawl of Charleston finished third in the Tournament 3 division.

Jeff Emory shot 79 to win the Championship Flight in the Charleston Golf Week Amateur event played at RiverTowne Country Club. Jared Bibbee shot 72 to win A Flight; Greg Moses won B Flight with a 78; Joe Sampson won C Flight with an 82; and Jerome Dowe shot 89 to win D Flight.

Sunday: Bootless Country on the Course golf tournament to benefit Wounded Warrior Project, Summerville Country Club, $80 entry fee, call (843) 873-2210.

Friday-Sunday: 55TH Berkeley Invitational, Berkeley Country Club, $175 ($150 for BCC members), entry deadline is Aug. 25, call (843) 761-4653.

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 cooperay@musc.edu or visit hcc.musc.edu/giving/golf.

Sept. 15: Patriots of the Lowcountry Golf Tournament to support wounded veterans and military families, Dunes West Golf Club, $125 per player, visit patriotsofthelowcountry.org 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, contact Jack Cervini at (843) 696-1966, Frank DeLustro at (803) 492-9509 or email civitan@embarqmail.com.

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

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

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 bobwolfesf@yahoo.com.

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. 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. 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 ssuhrstedt@charlestoncounty.org.


Stephan Eckhardt, Charleston National Golf Club, No. 7, 184 yards. Witnesses: Chuck Peterson, Joe Ruede, David Goldstein.


Jon Evans, Santee Cooper Country Club, No. 15, 181 yards, 6-iron. Witnesses: Oren Wood, Brian Coates, Warren Peper.


Bob Gouin, Redbank Plantation Golf Course, No. 13, sand wedge. Witness: Lou Guidi.


Bob Marschner, Snee Farm Country Club, No. 7, 145 yards, 6-iron. Witnesses: Steve Jones, Rick Vance.


Brad Hiers, Coosaw Creek Country Club, No. 11, 150 yards, pitching wedge. Witnesses: Kris Windmueller, Kirk Windmueller, Jon Windmueller.

Chris Hix, Ocean Winds-Seabrook Island Club, No. 15, 121 yards, 9-iron. Witnesses: Peter Hix, Steven Hix, Liam Jackson.

Mark Hoover, Bulls Bay Golf Club, No. 7, 141 yards, 9-iron. Witnesses: Sean Fister, Scott McDowell, Jim Sexton.

Keith Merritt, Coosaw Creek Country Club, No. 3, 165 yards, 6-iron. Witnesses: Gary Cook, Tommy Mooney, Blair Crawford.


Tom O'Halloran, Black Robin-Wescott Golf Club, No. 4, 103 yards, 7-hybrid. Witnesses: Al Hencken, Joe Warner.

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