Local Golf Notebook, Oct. 24: Winners crowned at Chechessee Creek Senior Invitational

mmccombs@islandpacket.comOctober 24, 2013 

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Lee Westwood, of England, watches his tee shot on the 13th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, in Pittsford, N.Y. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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The Chechessee Creek Senior Invitational, which wrapped up play Wednesday afternoon at Chechessee Creek Club, in just its fifth year of existence routinely boasts one of the strongest fields in senior amateur golf.

That was illustrated when Ted Smith defeated Spring Island's Gary Shimmin on the first playoff hole to win the 65-and-over Super Seniors division after both players shot 216.

Smith, who made par on No. 1 to win the playoff, is the defending Golfweek Super Senior Player of the Year and is a runaway to win the award again this year. Shimmin was the winner in 2011.

Also in the field was Walt Martin the 2010 winner, meaning the tournament boasted the past three winners, soon to become four.

The tournament, an 800-point Golfweek event (there are just a handful of 1,000-point events), drew three players who competed in the U.S. Senior amateur and 12 of the 15 top Super Seniors in the country.

"We had a really good field, especially the Super Seniors," Shimmin said. "The Senior field is good, but the Super Senior field is very deep. Very deep."

Gus Sylvan shot a final-round 71 to finish at 218 and move from a tie for fifth to the 55-and-over Senior division title. It was Sylvan's best finished in a Golfweek-sanctioned event since a second-place finish in the 2011 Chanticleer National Senior Invitational at Greenville Country Club.

Overall, Shimmin, also one of the tournament's organizers, was pleased with the fifth annual event.

"It was by far our largest so far," Shimmin said. "We had a full field of 96, and it came off without a hitch. We dodged any weather. It looked iffy for a while but was close to perfect and the course was in perfect shape."

Chechessee Creek Senior Invitational Champions


2009: Fred Silver

2010: Mike Jackson

2011: Denny Alexander

2012: Mike Bodney

2013: Gus Sylvan

Super Seniors

2009: Jay Howson

2010: Walt Martin

2011: Jon Verity

2012: Don Marsh

2013: Ted Smith


Japan's Tennoshin Ogawa, a full-time student at the International Junior Golf Academy on Hilton Head Island, won the Boys 15-19 Division at this past weekend's International Junior Golf Tour's Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters.

Ogawa shot 75-68--143 to edge classmate Matt Cheng of Taiwan by one stroke. Two Hilton Head Islanders -- Garrett Johnson (75-73--148) and Will Miles (76-75--151) -- finished fifth and seventh, respectively.

In the Boys Under 14 Division, Japan's Takafumi Shimoji, also an IJGA student, fired back-to-back rounds of 75 to beat classmate Karl Vilips of Australia by one stroke. Bluffton's Brandon McBride was third at 77-77--154.

Finally, Mexico's Ana Paula Valdes, an IJGA full-time student, won the Girls Under 19 Division, shooting 67-71--138 to beat classmate Rei Nakatani of Japan by six strokes.


  • Richard MacDonald hit a hole-in-one Oct. 19 on the sixth hole at Argent Lakes Golf Club. He used an 8-iron. Witness was Vicki MacDonald.

  • Wayne Oestreich hit a hole-in-one Oct. 19 on the third hole at Argent Lakes Golf Club. He used a 7-iron. Witness was Johnnie Ann Oestreich.

  • Terry McClain hit a hole-in-one Oct. 19 on the eighth hole at Okatie Creek Golf Club. He used an 8-iron. Witnesses were Deb McClain and Allen Cosgrove.

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