Golf Notebook, April 24: Big East championship coming to Calawassie Island

sports@islandpacket.comApril 24, 2014 

Toks Pedro


Callawassie Island will host the Big East Men's Golf Championship beginning Saturday.

Nine teams comprised of five student athletes each will play the Dogwood and Magnolia courses, and both the team and individual winners will advance to the NCAA Men's Golf Tournament. The tournament will run through Tuesday.

"These talented young men are the next generation of golf, so we are thrilled to have them on our courses," Callawassie Island PGA head golf professional Koll Farman said in a release.

Big East schools include Butler University, Creighton University, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, St. John's University, Seton Hall University, Villanova University and Xavier University.


Part-time Junior Players Golf Academy student Ewen Ferguson tamed Scotland's West Kilbride Golf Club earlier this month to add the Scottish Boys' Championship to his British Boys' crown.

Becoming the first player since Steven O'Hara in 1998 to hold the two titles at the same time, the 17-year-old top seed claimed a 6 and 5 win against his Boys international teammate Ben Kinsley, also 17, in the Scottish golf's flagship under-18 event.

Ferguson, who became the first Scot in almost 10 years to win the Boys' Amateur title at Hoylake last year, was never behind in the match.

The Scottish Boys' Championship, held April 7 through April 12, is Scotland's national boy's amateur match play championship, providing the traditional opening to the domestic golf season. Previous winners include former Ryder Cup star Andrew Coltart, European Tour player O'Hara and David Law, who went on to lift two Scottish Amateur Championship titles.



JPGA and Hilton Head Prep student Toks Pedro won the Boys 15-19 Division of the International Junior Golf Tour's Oldfield Jr. held April 12 and April 13 at Oldfield Golf Club.

Finishing with a score of 71-72--143, Pedro's 1-under-par overall score became his second first-place finish at Oldfield in IJGT events, the first being in 2012. Pedro finished with par or better on 15 of 18 holes to put him out in front after Round 1. Five birdies were the highlight of his second round, putting him 1-under-par for the day.

The one-under par 72 allowed Pedro to secure the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award given to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round. Pedro also led the division in total birdies with nine.

Pedro finished three strokes ahead of second-place finisher, Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India.

"(I was) hitting a lot of good shots and was hitting a lot of greens and two putts," Pedro said.


Hilton Head Island Junior Golf Association registration is ongoing until May 15 at

Parents of 8- to 13-year-old juniors will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 13 at Moss Creek Golf Clubhouse.

The new PGA Junior League will be explained in detail at this event. Parents who haven't registered but are interested in the program for their son or daughter are welcome to come and ask questions.


The Long Cove Club team of Charlie Hall (73), Patrick Hall (86) and Drew Hall (81) tied for 21st at the 31st annual SCGA Trescott & SCGA/SCPGA Pro-Am held Monday at the River Golf Club in North Augusta.

Long Cove's team of Adam Lescalleet and the Halls tied for fifth in the Pro-Am at 136.


  • Jack Miller hit a hole-in-one April 18 on the fifth hole at Crescent Pointe Golf Club. He used an 8-iron. Witnesses were Steve Burstein, Jack Resnick, and Richard Chalson.

  • Rick Wagner hit a hole-in-one April 18 on the second hole at Hidden Cypress Golf Club. He used a 5-iron. Witnesses were Gary Welsh, Joe Marques, and Mike Millspaugh.

  • Len Frady hit a hole-in-one April 10 on the sixth hole at Argent Lakes Golf Club. He used a pitching wedge. Witnesses were Dan Alband, Art Seitz, and Jack McDonough.

  • Carolyn McClurg hit a hole-in-one April 9 on the seventh hole at Moss Creek's North Course. She used a 6-hybrid. Witnesses were Judy Sawyer, Jane Silcox, and Anita Barreca.

  • Gene Cook hit a hole-in-one April 2 on the eighth hole at the Golf Club at Indigo Run. Witnesses were Marv Lich and Andy Onda.

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