Beaufort News

Local Golf Notebook, May 12

Hilton Head Island's Karen Ferree birdied the last hole to finish off a final-round 75 and edge defending champion Lea Anne Brown by one shot to win the Women's S.C. Golf Association's Senior Championship on Wednesday at Callawassie Island Club.

It's Ferree's fifth senior championship -- she also won in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007 -- and her second at Callawassie Island Club. She also has won the WSCGA Stroke Play title twice and claimed the WSCGA Match Play crown three times.

Ferree entered the final round tied for the lead with Hilton Head Island's Terrie Allemang and Myrtle Beach's Inga Ivey after the trio shot 79 in the opening round.

Allemang finished third, four shots behind Ferree, and Bluffton's Jennifer Adams was fourth.

Bluffton's Margaret O'Malley won the fourth flight by five shots.

GRANT LEADS TO NEW JUNIOR PROGRAMS

The South Carolina Junior Golf Association's Little Legends program will expand this year, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the United States Golf Association. The grant will allow the SCJGA to introduce formalized swing instruction to accompany the programs the organization has always offered.

Funds from the USGA grant will help pay PGA and LPGA professionals and apprentices, United States Golf Teachers Federation professionals and other golf professionals for instruction.

The SCJGA will have two programs in Beaufort County for both boys and girls ages 6 to 12. In Beaufort, Ellen Gifford will conduct a playing series at Gifford's Golf for players who are already familiar with the game and Denton Moore will hold a clinic series at Lady's Island Golf Course for beginners looking to be introduced to the game.

On Hilton Head Island, Doug Weaver will also conduct two clinic series programs at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes.

For applications and more information regarding registration, go to www.scjga.org.

JPGA'S SMITH SECOND IN FLORIDA

Matthew Smith, a student at the Junior Players Golf Academy on Hilton Head Island, finished second in the boys 15-19 age division at the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's event at Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla., over the weekend.

Smith, who was coming off a win at the HJGT's Major Championship at Jekyll Island last month, shot 1-under-par 69 in the first round and followed it with a 2-over 72 to finish seven shots behind hometown favorite Parker Jones.

HOLE-IN-ONE

David Post hit a hole-in-one May 7 on the 12th hole at Hidden Cypress Golf Club. He used a 5-iron. Witnesses were Joe Vignati, Mike Scully, and Dale Crane.

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