Beaufort News

Local Golf Notebook, Sept. 1

Even for someone who has made golf his life, Bill Sampson's plans for Labor Day weekend are a bit extreme.

But it's for a good cause.

For the second consecutive year, Sampson will participate in a golf marathon at Spring Island's Old Tabby Links, where he is director of golf. Sampson plans to play at least seven rounds of golf -- 126 holes -- during a 12-hour period form 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, and he's asking for donations to the Folds of Honor Foundation to spur him along.

The event is in conjunction with Patriot Golf Day, which was the vision of Major Dan Rooney, a fighter pilot and PGA professional. The Folds of Honor Foundation helps provide post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving.

Last year's event raised more than $10,000, Sampson said, and by reaching out beyond the membership of Spring Island Club, he hopes to expand this year's impact.

To sponsor Sampson's marathon on a per-hole basis or donate a lump sum, call the golf shop at Old Tabby Links at 987-2013.


The East Course at Belfair Golf Club is ready to reopen after a four-month project that included renovation of bunkers, re-grassing of greens, removal of shading trees and replacement of 350 cart path panels.

Superintendent Eric Greytok partnered with Tom Fazio's on-site designer, Blake Bickford, to oversee the renovation. The bent grass greens were replaced with MiniVerde Bermuda, and all bunkers were cored out and contoured and had new drains and liners installed.

The course is set for a grand opening at 2 p.m. on Sept. 9.


Bluffton's Doyle Ricks shot even-par 140 over two days to tie for fourth in the Carolinas PGA Section's Yeamans Hall Senior Open at Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan on Monday and Tuesday.

Ricks was tied for sixth after a 2-over-par 72 in the opening round, but he moved up two spots with a 2-under-par 68 in the final round.

Irmo's Steven Liebler was the champion, beating Rick Lewallen of Kannapolis, N.C., in a playoff after the duo tied at 3-under 137.


  • Carol Kirker hit a hole-in-one August 23 on the sixth hole at Okatie Creek Golf Club. She used a 15-wood. Witness was Gloria Jones.
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