USC Beaufort

Local Golf Notebook, June 2

The accolades continue to pile up for the USC Beaufort men's golf team, as seniors Jon Pannone and George Thacker were named first-team NAIA All-Americans and junior Luke McClellan earned second-team honors.

The list, which included 45 players -- 15 each on the first team, second team and honorable mention -- was released Tuesday.

It's the second such honor for Pannone, who was named to the Ping NAIA All-America first team last week. Pannone won the Webber Intercollegiate and the Flagler College Jennison Memorial last fall, and he tied for second at the Sun Conference Championship before tying for 37th at the NAIA National Championship last week.

Thacker had a pair of second-place finishes this season and tied for eighth at nationals, matching Chris Lane II for the team's top finish.

The Sand Sharks finished third at nationals at TPC at Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., marking their third consecutive top-10 finish. They were seventh in 2009 and fourth last year.

USCB won four regular-season tournaments -- the Webber Intercollegiate, the Flagler College Jennison Memorial, the SeeMore Putters NAIA Intercollegiate and the St. Thomas Bobcat Invitational -- and claimed their first Sun Conference title.


The deadline to register for this summer's Hilton Head Island Junior Golf Association program is Monday. Last-minute registrations will be accepted at a mandatory meeting for new parents to the program, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Moss Creek Plantation clubhouse.

The season begins early this month and ends with a banquet on Aug. 18. The cost is $100 per child and $65 for additional children from the same family.

The program is open to full-time summer residents of the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton area between the ages of 8 and 18, as of June 1.

For more information, go to or call 785-7198.


Frank Sutera hit a hole-in-one May 30 on the 17th hole at Palmetto Hall's Arthur Hills Course. He used a 7-wood. Witnesses were Ken Anderson and Fred Reever.

John Baumann hit a hole-in-one June 1 on the fifth hole at the Golf Club at Indigo Run. He used a 5-iron. Witnesses were Tom Briley and Jack Conlon.