When the S.C. Golf Association's 80th annual Amateur Championship comes to Colleton River Plantation's Dye Course from Aug. 4-7, the field will have plenty of local flair.
Twelve Beaufort County golfers made it through qualifying this month, joining four local golfers who were already exempt.
The latest local additions to the field were Hilton Head Island's Marcus Byler, Jamie Manning and Chris Lane II and Beaufort's Patrick Mitchell and Terry Lanning, who qualified Monday at Lake Marion Golf Club in Santee.
Bluffton's Coley Davis, John Patterson, Justin Hoft, Brian Langley and Chandler Vilcheck, Hilton Head Island's Tyler Williams and Beaufort's Josh Fickes had previously qualified, and Bluffton's Kevin King and Bill Palmer, Beaufort's Rob Simmons and USC Beaufort golfer Luke McClellan were already exempt.
BOE BOWS OUT OF NORTH & SOUTH
Bluffton's Courtney Boe was knocked out Wednesday in the first round of the 109th North & South Women's Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina.
Boe was the No. 36 seed in the match play bracket and lost her opening match to Jaclyn Jansen of Illinois, 2&1.
LEHMAN SPLITS, SC LOSES JUNIOR CHALLENGE
The Georgia team took 10 of 16 matches from its South Carolina counterparts to win the S.C. Golf Association's Georgia-South Carolina Junior Team Matches last week at May River Golf Club in Bluffton.
The teams split eight matches on Friday, but Georgia claimed six of the eight on Saturday to win the title.
Okatie's J.D. Lehman split his matches, losing 2&1 to Tyler Young of Kennesaw, Ga., in his first match and beating Aaron George of Dahlonega, Ga., 3&1 on the second day.
MOSS CREEK TEAMS IN TOP 10 AT CAROLINAS PGA EVENT
Two teams from Moss Creek Golf Club finished in the top 10 at the Carolinas PGA Club Car Pro-Official Championship on Tuesday at Country Club of North Carolina.
The duo of Tom Logue and Paul Schulz carded a 6-under-par 66 to tie for seventh, while Heidi Wright-Tennyson and Mitchell Wilkerson shot 5-under 67 to tie for ninth.
Representing other area clubs were Dataw Island Club's Dave Britton and Dave Muehl (T-25th) and Koll Farman and Pete Dickerson (T-40th), as well as Wexford Golf Club's Steve Johnson and Kent Hutchinson (T-53rd).
BELFAIR'S OLDFIELD IN ELITE COMPANY
Steven Oldfield, who serves as PGA head professional at Belfair Golf Club in Bluffton, recently completed the retail and ownership/leasing courses in the PGA Certified Professional Program, giving him all six certifications the program offers.
The online educational curriculum offers certifications in general management, golf operations, instruction, retail, executive management and ownership/leasing.
Oldfield is one of only 75 PGA professionals who have earned all six certifications. He earned his first certification in December 2007 and completed the last of the six in May.