Golf Notebook for Oct. 28


Hilton Head Island's Martin Catalioto has qualified for the second qualifying stage of the PGA Tour's Qualifying School. Catalioto tied for 23rd place in the first stage held Oct. 19-22 at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C.

He fired a 72-68-69-74 -- 283, finishing 13 strokes behind winner Chris Baker of Brownstown, Ind. The top 23 positions plus ties advanced to the second stage, which starts Nov. 16.

Two other local golfers are trying to qualify for the second stage.

In Pinehurst, N.C., Hilton Head Island's Chris Epperson is tied for 32nd place after two rounds of first-stage qualifying at Pinewild Country Club.

Epperson fired a 73 on Tuesday followed by another 73 on Wednesday and sits nine strokes behind leader Drew Weaver of St. Simons Island, Ga., with two rounds left to play.

In Lantana, Texas, Bluffton's Kenny Coakley is tied for 44th place after two rounds of first-stage qualifying at Lantana Country Club. Coakley shot a 73 on Tuesday, a 71 on Wednesday and sits eight strokes behind leader Shawn Stefani of Baytown, Texas, with two rounds left to play.

The top 23 finishers plus ties in each tournament will advance to the second stage.

Beaufort's Mark Anderson and Bluffton's Kyle Stanley, both Nationwide Tour players, are both guaranteed a spot in the second stage of qualifying.

Both will try to do better than that during this week's Nationwide Tour Championship on Daniel Island. The top 25 money winners automatically earn their PGA Tour cards. Those who finish between 26th and 60th places are fully exempt on the Nationwide Tour in 2011, in the event they do not secure their PGA Tour cards through the qualifying tournament in December. Players who finish 26-40 are exempt into the finals of the qualifying tournament of Q-school.


Chase Wilson of Asheville, N.C., won the championship flight of the eGolf Amateur Tour National Championship on Sunday at Arthur Hills Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes. Wilson fired a 69-75-71 -- 215 in the 54-hole tournament that was played over three days on six Hilton Head Island golf courses.

Jeff Hawkins of the Tidewater Tour won the A flight with a 230, Kevin Parker of the Downeast Tour won the B flight with a 238, Thomas Russell of the Michigan Tour won the C flight with a 250 and Marlon Jones of the Charleston Tour won the D flight with a 251.

The team title was awarded to Tidewater with 2,437 strokes. The tournament drew more than 600 golfers from 36 regional tours, representing 20 states.

More than 650 tournaments took place nationwide to qualify for the tournament. It was the fifth consecutive year the tour has hosted its national championship on the island.


For the seventh year in a row, the Amateur Golfers of South Carolina defeated the South Carolina Professional Golf Association golfers in the Palmetto Cup matches.

The 29th version of the event took place Sunday and Monday at Orangeburg Country Club in Orangeburg.

The amateur team, captained by Heritage tournament director Steve Wilmot, defeated the professional team, captained by Sea Pines Resort director Cary Corbitt, 15-12.

After the first round, the amateurs held a one-point lead going into the final round of singles play. Playing a select drive alternate shot format, the amateurs lost four of the first six matches of the day before rallying to win the final three. The final point for the SCGA team came from Steve Liebler and Brent Roof, who came from behind to win 1-up on the 18th hole.

On the final day, playing 18 individual matches between the two teams, the amateurs managed to squeak out a 10-8 margin of victory for the day. For the SCPGA, Rivers Johnson from Sweetwater Country Club and Michael Smith from Daniel Island led the way, winning both of their matches over the two days. For the SCGA there were five players who managed to pull both of their points -- Brent Roof, Chris Mitchell, Andrew Hewitt, Todd Hendley and Jon Mathias. Both Mathias and Hewitt were rookies to the Palmetto Cup matches.

The series now stands at 14-13-1 in favor of the SCPGA.


The top players in the Hilton Head Island Amateur Golf Association will face off against the best from the Hilton Head Island Professional Golf Association in the 2010 Honors Cup, set for Nov. 8 at the Golf Club at Indigo Run.

The professionals lead the Ryder Cup-style series 21-3 but the amateurs have won the past two years. The amateurs need 9 of 18 points to retain the Cup and the professionals need 9 1/2 points to win it. Spectators are welcome and there is no charge.

Captains for the amateur team are Bob Collar and Steve Henry. Captains for the professional team are Dave Wilding and Nathan Broyles.

The event was originally scheduled to be played on Sept. 27 but was pushed back due to inclement weather.


Oldfield, a private club located between Hilton Head Island and Beaufort, has been purchased by SF Capital, a private company based in Alpharetta, Ga.

The company has selected the Hampton Golf management company to manage the golf course and facilities of the club.

Under the management contract, Hampton Golf will add approximately 65 new members to the company and will be responsible for the overall management and maintenance of the club's golf, tennis, food and beverage, aquatics and hospitality services.

For information on membership packages, go online to or call 843-645-4601.


The residents of Dataw Island, Military Order of the Purple Heart and Lion's Club of Beaufort will team up in support of the Wounded Warrior Project with a benefit golf tournament Nov. 9 for residents of Dataw Island.

The benefit golf tournament has been held for the past three years with more than $30,000 raised for

Hole sponsorships are available for $25 per hole. Dataw Island residents may sign up in the pro shop. The format is a scramble with men's and women's division teams selected by a computer. Entry fee is $25 per person. For more information, contact Glenn or Susan Blackburn at 843-838-9931 or e-mail


Hilton Head Island's Tyler Williams finished fourth in the boys 16-19 flight of the Southeastern Junior Tour Crabapple Junior Classic on Sunday at Capital City Club in Alpharetta, Ga. Williams carded a 1-under-par 71-72 -- 143, finishing seven strokes behind winner Zack Jaworski of Alpharetta, Ga.


Sheila Block sank a hole-in-one on Oct. 20 on the No. 5 hole of the Devil's Elbow course at Moss Creek Golf Club. Block made the 102-yard shot using a 7-hybrid. Witnesses were Suki Brainard, Bobby Sue Earnhardt and Linda Mayo.