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Local Golf Notebook, Sept. 8

Belfair Golf Club has named James Swift its new director of golf. Swift will oversee the club's two 18-hole Tom Fazio courses and the 30-acre golf learning center.

Swift comes to Belfair from the Club at Longview in Charlotte, where he also was director of golf. His previous experience also includes a stint as director of golf at the Santaluz Club in San Diego and turns as assistant professional at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania and Carmel Country Club and Meyers Park Country Club in Charlotte.

GOODRIDGE WINS WORLD AM FLIGHT

Bluffton's Gary Goodridge tied for 50th among the more than 3,000 players who competed in the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship last week in Myrtle Beach.

Goodridge won his flight in the mid-senior division (age 60-69) to advance to the championship round.

Players from 47 states and 24 countries competed in this year's event, which was split into 66 flights with everyone who won or tied for first in a flight advancing to the finals.

EWGA COMING TO HILTON HEAD

More than 80 women from throughout the Atlantic and Southern regions will compete in a regional qualifier for the Executive Women's Golf Association's Champions Cup on Saturday and Sunday at Port Royal Golf Club's Planters Row course.

The event pits teams of 12 women from participating chapters against one another in match play. It will consist of 36 holes of singles match play with the 12 winning teams advancing to the national championship at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla., from Nov. 11-13.

DIETRICH SECOND AT IJGT EVENT

Bluffton's Ben Dietrich made a charge up the leaderboard with a final-round 69 to tie for second in the boys 15-19 division of the International Junior Golf Tour's event at Oldfield Golf Club last weekend.

Bluffton's Wesley Long tied for 10th in the division, and Bluffton's Zachary Boe tied for 23rd.

MANESS JOINS IJGA STAFF

The Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy has named Ann Maness its new director of college placement.

Maness, a native of Aynor and a four-time All-Big South Conference golfer at Coastal Carolina, will work with students from the academy to help them plan their tournament schedules, develop their resumes and facilitate communication with college coaches.

Maness replaces Lauren Harling, who accepted a position as assistant women's golf coach at Indiana University.

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