Beaufort News

Local Golf Notebook, June 16: Hilton Head man aces par-4

Hilton Head Island resident Brian Behnke was steaming when he stepped on the fourth tee at Pioneer Creek Golf Course in Maple Plain, Minn., on June 5.

He had just made a double bogey on the previous hole, and he needed to take out some aggression.

So, with a nice wind at his back and a 351-yard par-4 that doglegs to the right at about 150 yards awaiting on the next hole, Behnke pulled out his driver, teed it high and let it fly over a tree-lined creek and toward the two-tiered green nestled into a wooded hillside.

Behnke was sure he hit it well enough to successfully cut the corner, but when he searched around the green, his ball was nowhere to be found. He spent "about four or five minutes" looking for his ball before dropping another near the green and chipping up.

But when his friend, Tom Johnson, walked up to pull the flag, Behnke's ball was resting at the bottom of the cup.

It was Behnke's second hole-in-one -- he made one at Old South Golf Links a couple years ago -- and the first recorded ace on No. 4 at Pioneer Creek.

Other holes-in-one:

  • Joe Garcia hit a hole-in-one May 30 on the 16th hole at Crescent Pointe. He used a 6-iron. Witnesses were Ed Quigley, Ed Whitehead and Ron D'Alessandro.

    Bluffton's Chandler Vilcheck shot even-par 72 in a one-day qualifier last week at Savannah Quarter Country Club to earn a spot in the 168-player field for the upcoming Southern Amateur.

    Vilcheck, a recent graduate of Hilton Head Christian Academy who has signed to play at Louisiana Tech next season, finished third to claim one of four spots up for grabs at the Savannah qualifier. Daufuskie Island's Michael Montgomery, a College of Charleston golfer, missed qualifying by one shot, carding a 2-over 74.

    The Southern Amateur is set for July 13-16 at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla.


    Bluffton's Coley Davis shot 7-under-par 65 in a one-day qualifier Monday at Snee Farm Country Club in Mount Pleasant to earn a spot in the Rice Planters Amateur Tournament, which will be played June 22-25 at Snee Farm.

    Davis, who plays at USC Beaufort, joins Hilton Head Prep's Kyle Eichelsbacher in the 90-player field.


    Five local players were among the 84 junior golfers who competed in the S.C. Junior Golf Association's 16th annual Jimmy Self Invitational last week at Greenwood Country Club.

    Bluffton's Wesley Long led the local contingent on the boys side, tying for 18th with a 5-over-par 149 in the 36-hole event. Okatie's J.D. Lehman tied for 29th at 152.

    Bluffton's Brandi Hammonds and Kylie Nizolek tied for the best finish among area girls, tying for 16th at 161, and Bluffton's Samantha Buchanan was one shot back at 162, tied for 21st.


    Hilton Head Island's Tyler Williams started his summer golf season with a pair of strong finishes.

    Williams tied for 16th among 162 players at Future Collegians World Tour's National Championship from May 28-30 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He shot 12-over-par 228 in the 54-hole event to finish 13 shots behind champion Zach Foushee of West Linn, Ore.

    Last week, Williams tied for fifth at the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities, shooting 6-over 222 over 54 holes to finish nine shots behind champion Max Donohue of Sioux Falls, S.D., and earn fully exempt status for the remainder of the AJGA season.