Bluffton's Trace Crowe outdueled fellow Bluffton resident and Hilton Head Christian Academy teammate Bryson Nimmer on Wednesday to win the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea at the Country Club of Charleston.
Crowe shot 66-71 for a 5-under-par 137 to defeat Nimmer and Wil Sheppard by a shot.
Crowe overcame three bogeys in his first four holes. Nimmer birdied the par-3 17th to tie but found the greenside bunker on the final hole and dropped a shot.
Spartanburg's Anne Taylor Hough won the girls division, shooting 76-70 for a 4-over 146.
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Crowe righted his round with three consecutive birdies to close the front nine at even par for the day. Nimmer grabbed the lead after a birdie at No. 5 before the back-and-forth finish.
Nimmer shot an even-par 71 the final round after opening with a 67.
Sheppard, from Mt. Pleasant, shot a 2-under 69 played his way into a tie for second place with Nimmer after firing a score of two under par 69.
CUPP COURSE TO RE-OPEN
Palmetto Hall Plantation Club's Robert Cupp course is re-opening after a two-month closure to install new grass.
The course will open to members on Aug. 11 and to the public on Aug. 18.
The course closed in May to plant Celebration Bermuda on all tees, fairways and rough.
Palmetto Hall superintendent Brian Murray said the new strain is tolerant to shade and heat.
"The new turf is a great addition to our impeccable year-round conditioning and the course looks beautiful." Murray said in a release. "The re-grassing project will provide an improved golfing experience for all who play."
During the project, the original Cupp layout was preserved. Additional improvements included upgrades to the irrigation system, parking lot, several acres of tree removal and primary clubhouse landscaping.
"It's like a brand new course now," Palmetto Hall general manager Dan Moscar said in a release.
The upgrades followed work on the Arthur Hills course in September 2013.
Palmetto Hall includes 36 holes -- the Cupp and Arthur Hills courses -- and a 14,000 square foot clubhouse. The club is recognized as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for meeting required standards for protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, and preserving wildlife habitats.
OLD TABBY PRO AIMING HIGH
Billy Sampson is at it again.
The director of golf at Old Tabby Links will participate in a golf marathon for the fifth year to raise money for Folds of Honor, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving.
Sampson will try to play 180 holes in 12 hours on Aug. 31. He raised $37,000 last year, his highest total, and this year hopes to raise $50,000 to fund 10 scholarships.
Those wishing to help can donate per-hole amounts or lump sums. For more information, visit patriotgolfday.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Old Tabby golf shop at 843-987-2013.