Okatie's Gary Shimmin is Golfweek's Super Senior Player of the Year for 2011.
Shimmin, a member at Old Tabby Links on Spring Island, won the Florida Azalea Senior Championship and finished in the top 10 in 15 of the 17 tournaments in which he played.
The battle for the Player of the Year title came down to the final event. Shimmin needed to finish a spot ahead of Joe Pavoni of Prospect, Ky., at December's Dixie Amateur. Shimmin finished three spots ahead in the Seniors division and won the points race, 6,038.3-5,738.3.
The Super Senior division includes senior golfers 65 and older.
HANK HANEY GOLFERS DOMINATE SAVANNAH
Students from Hilton Head Island's Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy diminated the field at this past weekend's International Junior Golf Tour's Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga., finishing 1-2-3 in all three divisions.
In the Boys 15-19 division, Japan's Shosei Inokawa shot a first-day 2-over-par 74 to sit in a three-way tie for first before shooting a 1-over 73 on Sunday for a 147 total and the two-stroke win. Classmates Moe Numpituckchailkul of Thailand (75-74--149) and Shoto Ozaki of Japan (74-76--150) placed second and third, respectively.
A trio of Bluffton golfers competed, as well. Bryson Nummer finished 13th at 156, Diego Lamadrid Navarro was 20th at 162 and Andrew Yaun was 34th at 174.
In the Boys 14-Under division, England's Lohith Ramaraju shot 83-70--153 to beat classmates Peter Kelesis of Las Vegas (159) and Christian Thornton of Chicago (160). The win is Ramaraju's second on the tour this season. Japan's Shogo Ito, the IJGA student who won last week's event at Palm Harbor, Fla., finished fifth at 165.
In the Girls Under 19 division, Japan's Saya Aono earned her first win on the tour with a 77-73--150. China's Phyllis Tang was second at 157, and Brazil's Julia Shin was third at 161.
IJGT ADDING DISCOVERY TOUR
The Hilton Head Island-based International Junior Golf Tour, a competitive circuit for golfers grades 5-12, has announced the creation of the Discovery Tour for ages 8-12.
The Discovery Tour will be held in conjunction with the IJGT, making it convenient for families with golfers on both tours.
The tour's courses will average 2,200-2,500 yards. During each round, players are encouraged to have a caddy, who will be allowed to carry the player's bag, assist with rules and offer advice.
There will be a 10-stroke limit for each hole, and rulings resulting in disqualifications on other tours will only be enforced with stroke penalties.
The tour's first event will be March 31-April 1 at Greate Bay Golf Club in Somers Point, N.J.
Legion posts hosting Ospreys' Invitational
American Legion Posts 9 and 207 will host the 14th Annual Beaufort Ospreys' Invitational Golf Tournament on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Legends of Parris Island Golf Course.
The format is four players, captain's choice. The cost iss $60 per player and includes golfing, a cart, lunch. drinks and prizes. Check in is at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.
For more information, call George Miller at 470-0928 or The Legends at Parris Island pro shop at 228-2240.
Larry Green hit a hole-in-one Jan. 29 on the 187-yard 16th hole at Heron Point with a 3-wood. Witnesses were David Rector, Rick McDevitt and John Hawk.
Bonnie Sargent of Oakview Golf Club in Slippery Rock, Pa., hit a hole-in-one Wednesday on No. 15 at Hilton Head National Golf Club from 93 yards away on the red tees using a 4-hybrid. Witnesses were Sheila Gealey and Dottie West.
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