Beaufort News

Local Golf Notebook, Sept. 22

Berkeley Hall Club assistant pro Nicholas Coursey has chosen a career in the golf industry, but that doesn't always mean playing a lot of tournament golf.

In fact, the 29-year-old hadn't won a tournament since high school.

Until Tuesday.

Coursey beat former PGA Tour player Doug Weaver 4-and-3 in the championship match of the Hilton Head Island PGA Section's annual match play championship at Harbour Town Golf Links, capping a two-day run that included four victories.

"I'm pretty psyched about it," Coursey said Wednesday. "I was pretty much smiling all day (Tuesday), and I know come next year I'll have a lot more confidence going into other events."

Coursey opened his run through the field of local club professionals with a win over Franklin Newell at Sea Pines' Ocean Course, then edged season-long points leader David Rogers with an eagle on the 17th hole at Sea Pines' Heron Point course.

That got him into the semifinals at Harbour Town, where he beat Steve Bogdanoff to earn a shot at Weaver in the finals.

Coursey credited his putting and his accuracy off the tee for his success.

"I was rolling the rock really well, and my tee ball was really good," he said. "Those courses, you've really got to hit fairways. I was shaping the ball really well."

KING, WHITE FOURTH IN STATE FOUR BALL

Bluffton's Kevin King and Moore's Todd White teamed up to tie for fourth place in the S.C. Golf Association's 27th annual Players Four Ball Championship last weekend at Columbia Country Club.

King and White followed up their opening round of 70 with a 64 to leap into the top five. They finished nine shots behind Columbia's Robert Dargan and Prosperity's Chris Mitchell.

HOLE-IN-ONE

  • George Schluchterer hit a hole-in-one Sept. 16 on the eighth hole at Spanish Wells Golf Club. He used a 5-hybrid. Witnesses were Bill O'Day, Peter VanAlstyne and Larry Sauer.
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