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Golf

  • Charlie Megaswing: Golf teacher, poet, dancer, raconteur

    As a working journalist, I have met a lot of different folks over the years. Interviews are one of the facets of writing I dearly love. It’s fun to meet new people, to ask questions, to find out what makes them tick.

    Last week, I met a real raconteur, a guy who has a great life story and a gift of gab to go with it.

    Charlie Megaswing has been teaching the game of golf at the State Line Driving Range for more than 10 years. The facility is on the southbound lane of U.S. 17, right on the border of North and South Carolina.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    Results of the Beachcombers’ event in which the format was two low nets. Paul Michal, Stu Cleveland, Bob Byrne and Hal Riebesehl finished first at 11 under. Bob Smith, Jim Ritter Jim Beairsto and a draw were second at 9 under. Low gross: Michal, 86. Low nets: Byrne, 70; Michal, 73. Golfer of the week: Michal.

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    On Dec. 7 at Farmstead, Sid Pennington, Ned Meier, John Ducey and Joe Gallo were first with a 148. Teams scored two nets per hole. Jim Kennedy, Hugh Chinn, John Ogden and Jody Serensits were second.

  • Golf action

    In the Brierwood Men’s Golf Association points game Monday, Paul Salerno, Chuck Hornfeck and Les Craft were first with 60 points. Bob Nobes, Bob Snopek and Dave Harper were second with 43 points.

    BRUNSWICK PLANTATION

    Results of the ladies’ golf league one-on-one tourney Nov. 3. First with 17 points each: Renee December, Janet Iekel, Mary Helen Naecker. Second with 16 points each: Barbara Johnson, Becky Seibert, Diane Tufts.

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  • GPS golf system makes a great gift

    Every year, there are scientific improvements to the game of golf. Heavy steel shafts have been replaced by graphite and other light-composite materials. Real wooden woods have gone the way of stick shift cars and rotary telephones. Golf balls go farther and they can stick on a green like a dart if you hit them right.

    But the latest, biggest innovation to the world of golf is the range finder or GPS system. A few years ago, they were rare. Today, many serious golfers have them. Some courses even provide GPS systems on their carts.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a modified Stableford tournament Friday at Brierwood. Winners with a score of -1.5 were Jim Beairsto, Hal Riebesehl, Stu Cleveland and Gary Gutheil. Low gross: Gary Gutheil, 85; Harry Haggerty, 87; Jim Beairsto, 89. Low net: Gary Gutheil, 71. Gary Gutheil was voted golfer of the week.

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  • Golf as an Olympic sport? Great idea

    When I heard golf would be included as an Olympic sport in the Games of 2016, I was thrilled because golf is a game that brings together people of all ages, races and cultures. What better place to showcase it than at the Olympics?

    Golf is a sport that pits men and women against an unforgiving terrain, not against each other. Golfers don’t need to be 7-feet tall or have a 36-inch neck. They don’t need to bench press 400 pounds or know how to do a standing back tuck on a 4-inch wide balance beam.

  • Golf action

    The Beachcombers played a tournament of four-man teams using two low nets Friday at Carolina Shores. The winners with a score of 127 (-17) were Stu Cleveland, Paul Michal, Ed Kinney and Gary Gutheil. In second at 128 (-16) were Dan O’Connell, Bill Cameron, Hal Riebesehl and a draw. Low gross: Harry Haggerty, 80; Jim Fitzner and Paul Michal, 83; Gary Gutheil, 88. Low nets: Bill Cameron, 69; Paul Michal, 70. Harry Haggerty was voted golfer of the week.

    BRICK LANDING

  • Carolinas golf course superintendents: A blessing to golfers

    People often ask me where I get my ideas for columns. It’s simple: many of them come from the folks who read Golf Gab regularly. I get phone calls and cards and letters and e-mails from my readers, who tip me off about possible stories in the world of golf.

  • Pro Profiles: Mac Hood, a multitasking, quintessential golf professional

    Mac Hood, director of golf and general manager of Farmstead Golf Links and Meadowlands Golf Club, laughingly calls himself “the accidental pro.”

    You see, Mac did not begin as a golf professional but worked in Wall Street for 10 years, rising to director of operations at Lebenthal & Co., where he supervised a staff of 23.

  • Golf action

    The Brick Landing Men’s Club weekly tournament was Nov. 10. The format was flighted individual stroke play. Flight one: Gene Bonstein, net 69; Dave Biesack, net 71; Al Zyga, net 73. Flight two: Larry Agrimonti, net 64; Bill Shanley, net 69.