Hampton Hall Golf Club and Lisa Dahlstrom have been named the 2013 Golf Course and Employee of the year, respectively, by South Carolina's Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association.
Bluffton's Hampton Hall Golf Club was honored for its all-around performance in guest service, operations, course conditions and financial returns. The 7,500-yard Pete Dye-signature course features five sets of tees, a comprehensive practice facility and is classified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
Hampton Hall offers four "Get Golf Ready" sessions throughout the year as well as summer golf camp sessions, junior golf nights for families and after-school youth programs. It also hosts numerous community events for local charities and military organizations.
Lisa Dahlstrom, the director of sales and marketing for the Heritage Golf Collection, was named Employee of the Year for her professionalism, integrity and outstanding service to the region's golf industry. Along with her duties spanning four clubs and seven courses, she has worked with the Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament to benefit children's charities throughout Beaufort County.
She also plays a key role in fundraising for "Birdies for the Brave," a philanthropic initiative supporting men and women in the armed services, home and abroad.
"We are incredibly proud of the 2013 award winners, as they provide the standard of excellence for all LGCOA members," Cary Corbitt, president of the LGCOA and vice president of sports and operations at Sea Pines Resort, said in a release. "Both Hampton Hall and Lisa Dahlstrom had a tremendous impact on golf in our region and serve as ideal examples for others to follow for years to come."
The Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association is a collection of more than 20 courses in Bluffton, Beaufort, Fripp Island, Jasper and Hilton Head Island.
BLUFFTON DUO WINS SCGA SENIOR BETTER BALL
Colleton River Plantation members Lee Irving and Ron Wilson of Bluffton shot a two-day total of 10-under-par 134 to win their first SCGA Senior Better Ball Championship this past weekend at Santee Cooper Country Club in Santee.
Fran Finley and Lewis Rollins ran off a flurry of birdies on the back nine en route to a final-round 5-under 67 and a second-place finish at 9 under. Finley and Rollins could not convert a birdie on either of the final two holes, which would have forced a playoff.
IJGA WELCOMES FALL CLASS
The Hilton Head Island-based International Junior Golf Academy recently welcomed its fall class consisting of students representing 21 countries and 17 states.
Two of the members of the fall class, Nick Russell and Nikki Pei, are from Hilton Head Island. The new semester at IJGA began Aug. 19.
Kevin Smeltz, a master-certified golf instructor and the coach of several current and former PGA, LPGA, Champions and Web.com tour members, has joined the IJGA as director of instruction. In 2010, Golf Digest named him "Best Young Teacher" and he has also been voted one of Florida's "Best Teachers in Your State" the last three years.
The IJGA separated itself from Hank Haney, the former namesake of the school, last month.
IJGA GOLFERS SWEEP IJGT JUNIOR
Fifty-five golfers took part in the International Junior Golf Tour's IJGT Junior at Bluffton's Hilton Head National this past weekend.
GeunTae Kim of South Korea, a full-time student at the International Junior Golf Academy, fired back-to-back 70s to win the Boys 15-19 Division, edging classmate Tennoshin Ogawa of Japan in a playoff.
Hilton Head Island's Nick Russell finished 11 shots back in sixth.
In the Boys Under 14 Division, Ben El Cohn of Ecuador, also an IJGA student, needed extra holes as well to win his first title of the season. He shot 76-78 as classmates Karl Vilips of Australia and Takafumi Shimoji of Japan finished in a tie for second.
Germany's Jana Wuensch, another full-time student at IJGA, won her third straight IJGT event with rounds of 69 and 74 to beat classmate Clementina Rodriguez of Venezuela by three strokes.
AREA, JPGA GOLFERS FARE WELL AT GOLDEN BEAR
Several area golfers fared well at the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's Golden Bear Junior Challenge this past weekend at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run.
In the Girls 15-18 Division, Junior Players Golf Academy student Anita Uwadia of Nigeria finished second, a stroke behind Victoria Huskey of Greenville.
Dylaney Day won the Girls 11-14 Division by six strokes after shooting 80-82--162. Bluffton's Sophie Guo finshed third at 171 and was the EFX Birdies Challenge winner with a field best of 4 birdies.
Hardeeville's Jonathan Phillips finished third in the Boys 15-18 Division. Phillips shot 73-74--147 to finish four shots behind champion Toks Pedro, who shot 73-70--143. Pedro, a JPGA student, was the only golfer to shoot under par for the tournament.
James Wohler of Savannah, Ga., won the Boys 11-14 Division. Wohler shot 76-73--149. Bluffton's Drew Weary was part of a four-way tie for the EFX Birdies Challenge in the 11-14 group.
NEW SEA PINES RANGE OPEN
The Sea Pines Resort has opened its new driving range that services its Heron Point by Pete Dye and Ocean courses.
Designed by Tim Liddy with Dye Designs, the facility features rebuilt target greens, chipping areas and practice greens. Grasses on the tee and range have been changed to Celebration Bermuda. MacCurrach Golf Construction handled the construction work.
A new clubhouse and golf learning center for Heron Point and the Ocean Course will be opening in early 2014.
Information: www.seapines.com, 866-561-8802.
* Dick Handel hit a hole-in-one Sept. 8 on the 17th hole at Okatie Creek Golf Club. He used a 7-iron. Witnesses were Marcia Handel, Sally and Frank Vozel.
* Jerry Weber hit a hole-in-one Sept. 9 on the eighth hole at Bear Creek Golf Club. He used a 7-hybrid. Witness was Hart Joseph.
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