Beaufort News

Local Golf Notebook, June 9

The Sea Pines Resort's Heron Point by Pete Dye golf course recently was named one of America's top 50 courses for women by Golf Digest magazine, an honor the course earned because of its playability, multiple tees rated for women, welcoming atmosphere and golf shop featuring a wide selection of name-brand women's apparel and equipment, according to a release.

"Anyone familiar with Pete Dye's amazing body of work knows his wife, Alice, is intimately involved in the design process," Sea Pines director of sports Cary Corbitt said in the release. "Forced carries, tee placements, approach angles and difficulty are all carefully evaluated to ensure golfers have fun and fair playing experiences."

A panel of more than 100 female raters provided feedback used to create the list. Each course on the list has at least one set of tees shorter than 5,300 yards, two tees with course and slope ratings for women, and few or no forced carries. Course conditions and amenities were also taken into account.


Bluffton's Kevin King teamed with Moore's Todd White to reach the semifinals of the S.C. Golf Association's Four Ball Championship last week at Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg.

King and Moore were the No. 5 seed after the 36-hole qualifying round, and they won three matches before losing in 20 holes to eventual runners-up Will Ovenden of Spartanbrug and Brad Sill of Duncan. Caulder Moore of Isle of Palms and Caleb Sturgeon of Laurens teamed up to win the title, beating Ovenden and Sill 5-and-4 in the final.


Hilton Head Island's Kyle Eichelsbacher shot a two-day score of 2-over-par 144 to win the boys 15-19 division of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's Columbia Junior Challenge last weekend at Timberlake Country Club in Chapin.

Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton finished second in the boys 13-14 division with a 36-hole score of 25-over 167, and Hilton Head Island's Lily Bartell was third in the girls 14-18 division at 24-over 166.


  • John Schuler hit a hole-in-one May 28 on the 15th hole of the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes. He used an 8-iron. Witness was Joseph Pampell.
  • Mike Jenner hit a hole-in-one June 3 on the 17th hole at Dolphin Head Golf Club. He used a 6-iron. Witnesses were Bob Szczerbicki and Ken Beadling.
  • Bob McElfresh hit a hole-in-one June 4 on the seventh hole at Hidden Cypress Golf Club. He used a 6-hybrid. Witnesses were Joe Wickerhoff, Dennis Kanipe and Charles MacIntyre.
  • Don Reynolds hit a hole-in-one June 5 on the fifth hole of the North Course at Moss Creek Golf Club. He used a driver. Witnesses were Patsy Reynolds, Mike Thompson and Sandy Thompson.
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