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Local Golf Notebook, Oct. 13

Okatie's Gary Shimmin watched his name slip from the top of the leaderboard on the final day of the S.C. Golf Association's Super Senior Championship on Wednesday at Columbia's Spring Valley Country Club.

After tying for the first-round lead with an even-par 72 on Tuesday, Shimmin shot 75 in the final round and finished tied for fifth at 3-over-par 147. He was seven shots behind champion Bob Stringer of Blythewood, who shot a final-round 67 to claim his second SCGA Super Senior title.

Okatie's Sandy Knapp tied for 10th at 7-over 151.

The field consisted of 65 players over age 65.


Bluffton's J.D. Hoft made a late charge but came up just short in the S.C. Golf Association's Mid-Amateur Championship last weekend at the Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six.

Hoft's final-round 70 was the second-best score of the day, but he finished tied for fourth at even-par 216, two shots behind champion Josh Branyon of Honea Path.

Bluffton's Jeff Wong also had a solid showing, tying for 11th at 5-over 221.


Wesley Long and Charlie Spencer-White of Bluffton teamed up for a 2-under-par 142 to tie for seventh in the boys 15-18 division of the S.C. Junior Golf Association's Tradition Four Ball Championship last weekend at Pebble Creek Country Club in Taylors.

Bluffton was also represented on the girls side, as Sammie Buchanan and Brandi Hammonds teamed for a 3-over 147 to finish eighth in the girls 14-18 division.


Ben Dietrich and Nicole Okada, full-time students at Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy, won their divisions over the weekend at the International Junior Golf Tour's two-day event at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Fla.

Dietrich, who is from Concord, N.C., fired back-to-back rounds of 69 to win by eight shots.

Okada, from Manhattan Beach, Calif., shot back-to-back 73s and won a playoff for her first IJGT win of the season.

The IJGT returns to the Lowcountry this weekend for a two-day event at Hilton Head Lakes on Saturday and Sunday.


  • Jerry Weber hit a hole-in-one Oct. 8 on the 14th hole at Bear Creek Golf Club. He used an 8-iron. Witnesses were Grady Horton and Dick Males.
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