Beaufort News

Local Golf Notebook, May 5

Bluffton resident Bill Palmer will be aiming for his third title in five years when the South Carolina Golf Association's 53rd annual Senior Championship tees off Tuesday at the Members Club at Woodcreek in Elgin.

Palmer, who last year shot 7-under-par 209 at Oldfield Golf Club and won a one-hole playoff with Greer's Mike Gravley, heads a field of 112 golfers, including fellow past champions Vic Hannon (2002), Bob Stringer (2003), John Dennis (2004), Mike Weiner (2008) and Bill Smunk (2009).

In addition to aiming for his third state senior title, Palmer also is trying to repeat as the SCGA's Senior Player of the Year, an honor he earned in 2007 and 2010.

Other area players in the field include Bluffton's Jim De Leon, Duke Delcher, Joe Vignati and Richard Anderson; Hilton Head Island's Tom Cloud, Eric Dollenberg, Dave Politi, Donald Allen, Doug Ballenger, Kevin Arnold, Brady Hendren and Stan Waterhouse; Beaufort's Jon Verity; and Okatie's Dennis Visich, Tom Humphrey, Brian Hayden and Chris Morris.

The 54-hole event runs through Thursday.


The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour will make another stop in the Lowcountry on May 21-22, when Oldfield Golf Club will host the Bluffton Junior Open, the tour's first event at the Greg Norman course in Okatie.

The event will be a good primer for the South Carolina Golf Association's Junior Championship, which will be played at Oldfield from June 14-16.

The 36-hole tournament will include five age divisions: boys 15-19, boys 13-14, boys 10-12, girls 14-18 and girls 10-13.

Players can register for the event at through Wednesday.