Registration opens for junior Drive, Chip and Putt competition open

Registration is now open for the Drive, Chip and Putt competition with junior golfers competing for a chance to make the finals at Augusta National Golf Club.

The event is open to boys and girls ages 7-15, with qualifying locations in all 50 states. Local qualifying will be held at 255 sites throughout all 50 states beginning in May and continuing into August. Sub-regionals will be held in July and August and regionals will be held in September with one golfer in each age and gender category advancing to the National Finals in April 2016 at Augusta National.

The event is sponsored by the PGA of America, the U.S. Golf Association and Augusta National. Visit DriveChipandPutt.com to register.

The Carolinas Golf Association will hold a series of Rules of Golf seminars during March, with a seminar scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 4 at the Country Club of Charleston. The free seminars are open to golfers of all ages and abilities. Visit carolinasgolf.org/2015- seminars to pre-register or call (910) 673-1000.

Michael Hughes, the CEO of the Charleston-based National Golf Course Owners Association, has announced he will step down at the end of 2015 after 25 years of service. Hughes said “the association is in good shape, and I have decided it’s a good time for me to pursue a new challenge.” He said he had no definite plans, but by making the announcement early, it will allow the board of directors time to identify a replacement and facilitate a smooth transition.

Mark Ducker of the Charleston Golf Week Tour won A Flight in the Regional Ice Breaker tournament played at Palmetto Dunes and Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island. Andy Wood of Charleston was third in A Flight. Aaron Chase took third and Mike Miller fourth in D Flight. Jarrard Bibbee finished fifth in the Championship Flight.

The 20th annual Hootie and the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am tournament set an event record, raising $461,000 for charity during its 2014 event. The money was donated to the Hootie Foundation to help fulfill the band’s goal of funding an endowment to provide educational and charitable opportunities in South Carolina. For information visit hootiegolf.com.

The Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach will be the site of the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The inaugural Women’s Four-Ball will be played this May at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon. This will be the Dunes Club’s third USGA championship. The course was the site of the 1962 U.S. Women’s Open, and in 1977 the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur was played on the Robert Trent Jones-designed course.

Saturday: Glowball Tournament and Oyster Roast, Berkeley Country Club, $65 members, $75 non-members, call (843) 761-4653 or email berkeleycc@homesc.com.

Feb. 1: Summerville Country Club Powerball Golf Tournament, $55 per player, call (843) 873-2210 ext. 1.

March 4: Knights of Columbus 9475 tournament to benefit Daughters of Saint Paul, East Cooper Meals on Wheels and ECCO, Harbor Course-Wild Dunes Resort, $100 per player, contact Jim Welschat at (843) 442-9641 or email welsch@hotmail.com.

April 17: Trident Health Golf Tournament to benefit the American Heart Association, Crowfield Golf Club, contact Jim Parker at (843) 452-5861.

SATURDAY, JAN. 17

John Drennan, Bulls Bay Golf Club, No. 3, 162 yards, 8-iron. Witnesses: Sean Fister, Dan Fister, Dexter Skidmore, Jay Swartz.

Greg Van Schaack, Yeamans Hall Club, No. 3, 123 yards, 9-iron. Witnesses: John Gratiot, Paul Galvani, Mike Laughlin.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21

Ken McGuire, Pine Forest Country Club, No. 13, 115 yards, 9-iron. Witnesses: Rich Ottmar, John Grund.

Mercedes Papaharis, RiverTowne Country Club, No. 2, 127 yards, 5-hybrid. Witnesses: Lucy Wheeler, Basil Papaharis.

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