Local Golf Notebook, July 4: Hilton Head's Bartell qualifies for US Women's Amateur

Former Hilton Head Island High School golfer Lily Bartell shot 73 Monday on Kiawah Island to qualify for next month's U.S. Women's Amateur.

Bartell, who just completed her freshman year playing golf at Bowling Green, shot 37-36 at Cougar Point to grab one of the 10 qualifying spots. The U.S. Women's Amateur will be held at the Country Club of Charleston from Aug. 5-11.

Ashlan Ramsey, who will play at Clemson in the fall, shot 68 to earn medalist honors. Greenville's Dawn Woodard -- who recently won the Women's S.C. Golf Association match play championship a fourth consecutive time at Sanctuary Club at Cat Island -- also qualified with a 73.

Bartell, a 2012 Hilton Head High graduate, finished the Bowling Green season with a 78.8 scoring average, the third-lowest freshman scoring average recorded at the school. She finished ninth at the Cleveland State Invitational to help Bowling Green to a team victory and finished 12th at the Mid-American Conference Championships.

Bartell was an all-region selection at Hilton Head High and helped the Seahawks to a state runner-up finish in 2010.

Charity event coming to Colleton River

Colleton River's Dye course will play host to the Junior Golf Charity Open on August 25.

The event, hosted by the Panther Golf Foundation, will benefit The First Tee of Savannah and the S.C. Junior Golf Foundation. Registration is $25 and open to players age 10-18. Players can register at

Participants are asked to obtain five pledges for each level of par, birdie or eagle during their round.

The Panther Golf Foundation's 2013 tour has already included stops at Thornblade in Greenville and Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club. The last stop is a September event at North Carolina's famed Mid Pines.

The Panther Golf Foundation was founded in 2012 and aims to raise money for junior golf initiatives by hosting low-pressure events -- it doesn't call them tournaments -- at high-profile courses that might not be otherwise accessible.

Russell to compete in Euro Cup

Hilton Head Island's Nick Russell has been selected to play in the Euro Junior Golf Cup, which begins July 31 in Scotland.

The competition pits 14 players from the International Junior Golf Tour against teams from Canada and Scotland. The winning team will receive the John Clark trophy.

The event will be hosted on three courses -- Scotscraig Golf Course, Leven Links and Drumoig Golf Hotel and Club. Team USA and 15-year-old Russell will stay at St. Andrews University.


Gabe Fornari made a hole-in-one June 28 on hole No. 7 at Moss Creek's North Course with a 7-iron. Witnesses were Don Earnhardt, Larry Block and Tony Guasto.

Paul Lang hit a hole-in-one June 13 on the eighth hole at Bear Creek Golf Club. He used a 4-hybrid. Witnesses were Paul Watson, Richard DeKany, and Roger Larsen.