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Local Golf Notebook, Jan. 24: Weary brothers strong at Hilton Head National event

Bluffton's Weary brothers defended their home turf well in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's Hilton Head National Jr. Classic last weekend at Hilton Head National Golf Club.

Alec Weary, 14, shot a 2-over 73-71--144 to win the Boys 11-14 Division by three strokes over Mount Pleasant's Jamie Wilson. Drew Weary, 12, tied for third with a 15-over 77-80--157.

It was the second strong week in a row for older brother Alec. He shot a two-day total of 2-over 71-75--146 to finish second by a stroke in the Amelia National Jr. Shootout held the weekend before at the Amelia National Golf Club in Fernandina Beach, Fla.

Cody Carroll of Jacksonville, Fla., won the division. Weary had an eagle, five birdies, and 21 pars in his two rounds.

Several other golfers with area ties finished strong this weekend, as well.

In the Girls 15-18 Division, Anita Uwadia of the Junior Players Golf Academy won with a two-day total of 17-over 159.

Bluffton's Kasidy Beckel and Hardeeville's Stephanie Liu were tied for second, two strokes back.

In the Boys 15-18 Division, JPGA's Ewen Ferguson won with a 3-over 145. Runner-up Drake Cassidy, also of the JPGA, was second, six strokes back.


Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy and Hilton Head Hospital will host the second annual Hilton Head Golf Forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Palmetto Dunes Centre Court Conference Center.

The forum is designed to lower your scores and improve your health. Topics will include swing mechanics, club fitting, exercise and the mental part of the game, according to Golf Academy director Doug Weaver.

Dr. A. Thomas Bundy, a board certified dermatologist with Hilton Head Hospital, will talk about daily precautions that people of all ages can do to protect their skin from the heightened risks of prolonged sun exposure.

Golf course architect Clyde Johnston and USGA rules official Mike Murphy will also be present.

The cost is $5 and proceeds will benefit Boys and Girls Club Junior Golf and Special Olympics Golf. The first 40 people to make reservations will receive a free gift.

Details: 843-785-1138.


The International Junior Golf Tour hosted its two-day, 36-hole Winter Invitational Jan. 12 and 13 at Moss Creek Golf Club on Hilton Head Island.

In the Boys Division, Seungtaek Oh shot 73-74 to edge Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy student Mickey Werenski by three strokes.

Hilton Head Island's Will Miles was fifth at 153, while Bluffton's Elliott Johnson was 10th at 165,

Yesong Park won the Girls Division with a 75-80 to defeat Hank Haney IJGA student Kelly Whaley by seven strokes.

Hilton Head Island's Dylaney Day was fifth at 165. Bluffton's Kasidy Beckel was seventh at 167, and another Bluffton girl, Emma Parson, was eighth at 172.


Hampton Hall's Pete Dye Signature Golf Course and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort have achieved "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.

The honor is given to golf courses that meet a specific list of standards that contribute to a greater nationwide system of lands dedicated to the conservation of biological diversity.

"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," said Joellen Lampman, Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs Director.

These categories include: environmental planning; wildlife and habitat management; outreach and education; chemical use reduction and safety; water conservation; and water quality management.

Matt Sapochak is the golf superintendent at Hampton Hall, while Grant Backus is superintendent at Palmetto Dunes. There are 25 courses in South Carolina and 996 in the world that have received the honor.


Dolphin Head Golf Club will host the International Junior Golf Tour Hilton Head Open on Saturday and Sunday.

The two-day, 36-hole event features some of the top junior golfers (ages 9-19) from the Southeast. The tournament includes three divisions -- Boys 15-19, Boys Under-14 and Girls Under-19 -- and is nationally ranked by Golfweek and Junior Golf Scoreboard.

The IJGT's Discovery Tour (ages 8 to 12) will host its first 18-hole tournament Saturday (ages eight to 12) at Dolphin Head. Players are encouraged to have a caddy during the round. Caddies can carry a participant's bag, assist with rules and offer advice.

Details:, 800-792-9143.


  • Joe Leva hit a hole-in-one Jan. 17 on the 12th hole at Hidden Cypress Golf Club. He used a 7-iron. Witnesses were Dave Shimp and Tom Byrne.
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