Local golf notebook: Moss makes triumphant return to teaching golf

Tim Moss is not new to the local golf scene.

For nearly 30 years, he worked as a teaching professional at Sea Pines, Shipyard, Moss Creek, Hilton Head National and Belfair.

He isn't a stranger to the national scene either. In 1997 and 2000, Moss made appearances on the Golf Channel's "Academy Live" program. In 1999, he was swing coach/technical advisor to director Robert Redford's major motion picture, "The Legend of Bagger Vance."

After retiring in 2002, the PGA Master Professional settled down on his four acres of property with four horses on the equestrian side of Rose Hill Plantation in Bluffton.

Tragically, Moss was trampled by one of the horses three years ago, resulting in a mini-stroke two weeks later.

"I got a pretty severe blow to the head," Moss said.

He lost nearly 75 percent motion in his right arm and leg. It appeared his playing days were over. After months of intense rehab, Moss eventually got his game back. Now, at age 61, he's getting his old job back.

Moss has been hired as the new teaching professional at Chechessee Creek Club and gets started this week.

"How much horse manure can you shovel before it gets boring? And with the real estate market, it doesn't look like we're moving any time soon," Moss laughed.

He's been a Chechessee Creek member since 2002 and felt the club was the right fit for his return to coaching.

"I'm lucky to be where I am, that I'm healthy now and can go back to teaching and coaching," Moss said. "I have a new appreciation for beginners or players who aren't as accomplished as others. It was pretty humbling to have to start over."


Belfair Golf Club superintendent Eric Greytok was honored by GOLF magazine.

Greytok was listed in the magazine's "Golf's 40 under 40: Most influential people in golf under 40 years old" list. Greytok, 37, is the youngest superintendent to host two U.S. Open Championships -- the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. He is a Class A member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. He was named director of grounds at Belfair in 2008.

The list was determined by a panel of GOLF magazine editors.


Justin Waffle, owner of Justin Waffle Golf in Bluffton, has been nominated by his peers for the Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year award of the Carolinas PGA section.

The award will be presented in February at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Waffle offers several golf instructional programs and more than 40 percent of his students have reached career low scores in the past year.

He graduated from the professional golf management program at Penn State.


Bluffton's Jeff Wong tied for 11th place in the 29th annual South Carolina Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship held Oct. 8-10 at the Country Club of Spartanburg.

Wong fired a 73-73 -- 214, finishing six strokes behind winner Steve Liebler of Irmo. Bluffton's J.D. Hoft tied for 19th with a 217 and Hilton Head Island's Gerry Pascale fired a 232.


Okatie's Gary Shimmin continued his stellar play as of late, shooting a final-round 3-under-par 68 on Wednesday to win the South Carolina Golf Association fourth annual Super Senior Championship at Florence Country Club.

The 65-year-old finished with a two-day total of 138, carding five birdies against two bogies to hold off second-place finisher Ben Shadoan of Taylors by four strokes.

Paul Davies of St. Helena Island and Hilton Head Island's Eric Dollenberg tied for fifth with a 148.

Other locals in the championship flight were Bluffton's Rick Thompson (155) and Callawassie Island's Sandy Knapp (155).

In the Wilson flight, Bluffton's Raleign Wright tied for second with a 157. Other Bluffton golfers in the Wilson flight were Tom Brunton (164), Bob Rebhan (165) and Bob Pentico (166).


Bluffton's Sammie Buchanan teamed up with Columbia's Lauren Dunbar to fire a 146 in the girls 14-18 division of the South Carolina Junior Golf Association's 16th annual Tradition Four-Ball Oct. 9-10 at Pebble Creek Country Club in Taylors.

The team finished nine strokes behind the winning team of Goose Creek's Katelyn Dambaugh and Columbia's Collins Bradshaw.


A green-reading class is set for today at Palmetto Dunes' Robert Trent Jones Course. The class will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The class will use AimPoint, a three-dimensional modeling technology popular on the PGA, Champions and LPGA tours. The Golf Channel also uses the technology to produce the "blueline" for its live coverage.

Students will learn how to read greens and will receive an AimPoint chart to guide them through the process. The topics covered will be slope, stimpmeter, pace and process. The cost is $200. PGA members will earn two hours of education credits. To learn more, contact Doug Weaver at 843-338-9598.


Dennis Sexton Sr. had a hole-in-one Oct. 10 on the No. 8 hole at Island West Golf Club. Sexton sank the 175-yard shot using a 4-hybrid. Witnesses were Dennis Sexton Jr. and John Sexton.