Golf

Golf notebook, Nov. 11: Dolphin Head adds instructor

Rod Thompson, formerly part of Palmetto Dunes' instructional staff, has joined the Brown Golf roster and will be based at Dolphin Head GC.

Plans call for Thompson to spend mornings providing lessons to Dolphin Head members and guests, then rotating afternoons teaching at fellow Brown Golf clubs Eagle's Pointe, Rose Hill and Island West. He'll also conduct clinics at each site once a month.

"This is a nice chapter that's sort of opened up for me," said Thompson, a swing instructor for more than four decades and certified in Jim Hardy's "Plane Truth" curriculum.

Dolphin Head joined the Brown Golf portfolio last month, becoming the sixth local course under its management.

SENIOR AMATEUR TOUR FINALE

More than 200 seniors will converge on Hilton Head Island next week for the Senior Amateur Tour's national final, which returns to the Lowcountry for the first time since 2007.

Winners will be determined in four classifications, with the Championship flight competing at Hampton Hall and Palmetto Dunes' Robert Trent Jones layout. The resort's Arthur Hills course also is part of the rotation, along with Dolphin Head and Bear Creek GC.

The tournament begins Tuesday, with players representing 20 states.

AMERICAN LEGION FUNDRAISER

Several slots remain open for American Legion Post 205's 10th anniversary golf tournament, set for Saturday at Rose Hill GC.

Entry fees are $70 per player, which includes one raffle entry and a cookout following play. Call Mike Miranda at 843-757-6811 to enter or for more information.

NEW BOSS AT CAROLINAS PGA

Jeff Abbot, executive director of the PGA of America's Tennessee section, will take over the top spot at the Carolinas PGA when Ron Schmid retires at the end of the year.

Abbot spent eight years at the Tennessee PGA, which was honored two years ago with the national PGA's Herb Graffis Growth of the Game Award. He takes over the nation's largest PGA Section, with more than 2,000 PGA professionals and apprentices across North and South Carolina.

A Notre Dame graduate, Abbot also previously worked as controller for the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets.

ACES and ALBATROSSES

  • John Cunningham recorded a hole-in-one Nov. 6 on the eighth hole at Argent Lakes GC, using a pitching wedge from 89 yards away. Witnesses were Jim Cunningham, Don Wellman and Tom Myers.
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