Beaufort News

Local Golf Notebook, Jan. 20

After a half-century playing golf, Joe Weikel couldn't help but be a bit jealous when his wife, Barbara Weikel, recorded the couple's first hole-in-one last November, less than a decade after taking up the game.

Less than two months later, the Sun City Hilton Head resident had his own moment of glory.

Weikel, 72, holed out his tee shot on the par-3 17th hole at Hidden Cypress Golf Club on Monday morning

"I was just about to throw out that ball, because I had used it for two rounds, and I didn't feel like I was getting a lot of mileage out of it," Weikel said. "I used a 3-iron, and that's probably the most distance I've ever gotten out of it. Usually, I'm short of the green on that hole."

Not this time.

One of Weikel's three playing partners said he saw the ball scoot onto the green, and when they couldn't locate it, he had the good sense to look in the cup.

When Barbara Weikel aced the par-3 second hole at Hidden Cypress on Nov. 18, her husband said she was so excited it didn't occur to her to hang onto the ball, or even the scorecard.

Weikel said he learned his lesson from his wife's experience, and he held onto his share of keepsakes Monday.

And he got one more lucky break.

"It was early enough in the morning," Weikel said, "that I didn't even have to buy anybody any beers."

PRO TOUR HEADED TO PALMETTO HALL

The eGolf Professional Golf Tour will open its 2011 season on Hilton Head Island with the Swiftwick Shootout at Palmetto Hall from Feb. 16-19.

A field of 216 players will compete for a purse of $250,000 -- including a winner's share of $35,000 -- in the 72-hole event. The first two rounds will be played on the Robert Cupp and Arthur Hills courses at Palmetto Hall, with the final two rounds played on the Cupp course.

Savannah native Brian Harman, the 2005 Players Amateur champion, is expected to be among the field.

COLLEGE EVENT COMING BACK TO WEXFORD

Francis Marion University will host the sixth annual Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate on Feb. 21-22 at Wexford Plantation Golf Course.

Teams competing in this year's event are William & Mary, Davidson, DePaul, Elon, Furman, Indiana, Ohio, Presbyterian, Richmond, Samford, Connecticut, USC Aiken, Western Carolina and the host Patriots.

"Last year's event was very successful," Francis Marion coach Mark Gaynor said in a release. "Wexford Plantation and its members should be proud of hosting a college event that showcases both the plantation and its wonderful golf course."

LONG, BUCHANAN HELP S.C. TOP GEORGIA, N.C.

Bluffton's Wesley Long and Sammie Buchanan competed for the winning South Carolina team in the Carolinas-Georgia Junior Championship on Sunday and Monday at Mount Vintage Plantation in North Augusta.

Long finished in a tie for 31st in the boys division, carding a 79 on the first day and rebounding for a 74 on the Monday. Buchanan finished 30th in the girls division, shooting rounds of 90 and 85.

South Carolina won the team crown, edging North Carolina by 11 shots.

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