Golf notebook, Aug. 29: HHIJGA's Larry Kellogg retires after 2013 season

mmccombs@islandpacket.comAugust 28, 2013 

The Hilton Head Island Junior Golf Association held their year-end banquet Aug. 15 at the Moss Creek Golf Club, where the organization honored Larry Kellogg, who retired after 13 years at the organization's director.

"It was a good run," Kellogg said. "I turned 80, it's been 13 years. It was just time."

Heidi Wright-Tennyson, director of golf at Moss Creek, presented Kellogg with an award on behalf of the local PGA chapter and named him Director Emeritus of the HHIJGA.

Kellogg won't be gone entirely. He'll continue to run the HHIJGA Winter Invitational Series, and will serve on the Advisory Committee of the S.C. Junior Golf Association.

Hilton Head's Frank O'Sullivan will be the new director. Though he isn't a golfer, O'Sullivan's daughter, Kaitlin, was a five-year participant in the HHIJGA and played collegiately at USC Beaufort.

"You don't necessarily have to be a golfer to do this job," Kellogg said. You just need to have strong organizational skills. And he's very strong in that area."

The banquet was run by Chris Westine, the PGA head professional at The Pinecrest Golf Club.

Other highlights included:

  • Fourteen golfers were selected to represent the HHIJGA in the SCJGA Tommy Cuthbert All Stars Championship held Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 at the Seabrook Island Club.

  • Players selected were Jonathan Phillips, Travis Mancill, Evan White, Daniel Azallion, Jamie Hubbard, Kathryn Thorne, Kylie Nizolek, Nathalie Lezcano, Jonathan Griz, Rickey Weathers, Gabriel Lezcano, Nathan Hawkins, Rebecca Hubbard and Reagan Weaver.

  • Several awards were presented, as well. For Most Improved Golfers, the recipients were Matthew Wiegel and Meredith Wipper. The Sportsmanship awards were presented to Travis Mancill and Jamie Hubbard. The Patricia L. Kellogg Award for Volunteerism was presented to Bonnie Fick for her years of dedicated service to the program.

  • HHIJGA ALL STARS FARE WELL

    Hilton Head's Nathalie Lezcano, with the help of an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole, rallied from a five-stroke deficit to overtake first-day leader Kylie Nizolek of Bluffton and win the Girls 14-18 Division of the 2013 SCJGA Tommy Cuthbert All Stars Championship at the Seabrook Island Club.

    Lezcano defeated Nizolek by four strokes, 168-164. Her win helped the Hilton Head Island Junior Golf Association girls to a third-place team finish.

    The Hilton Head boys finished second, led by second-place finishes by Jonathan Griz (Boys 10-12) and Daniel Azallion, who finished second in the Boys 13-14 Division after losing a two-hole playoff.

    In the Boys 13-14, Beaufort's Matthew Campbell finished a stroke out of the playoff in third place.

    OLDFIELD TO HOST IJGT LOWCOUNTRY OPEN

    The International Junior Golf Tour will host the Lowcountry Open on Saturday and Sunday at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie. The a two-day, 36-hole event features some of the top junior golfers, ages 9-19, from the Southeast.

    The tournament includes three divisions: Boys 15-19, Boys Under-14 and Girls Under-19, and is nationally ranked by the American Junior Golf Association, Golfweek and Junior Golf Scoreboard.

    Details: Call 888-936-5327 or visit http://goo.gl/sAE5xv.

    HOLE-IN-ONE

  • David Chapman made a hole-in-one Aug. 18 at Argent Lakes Golf Club. He aced the fifth hole, using an 8-iron from 131 yards. Witnesses were Todd Pitts, Leslie Pitts and Mary Lou Chapman.

  • Send golf news to sports editor Mike McCombs at mmccombs@islandpacket.com.

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