Golf notes, Aug. 24: Sister act propels HHIJGA to Tommy Cuthbert crown

Bluffton’s Sophia Burnett cruised to a 13-shot romp and sister Camila won her division by 11 in propelling the Hilton Head Island Junior Golf Association to the girls’ team title at last weekend’s Tommy Cuthbert South All-Star Classic at Seabrook Island.

Sophia Burnett carded the two best scores in the field with rounds of 73-78 at Seabrook Island Club’s Ocean Winds layout. The Bluffton High freshman held a six-shot cushion at the end of the first day, continuing to distance herself from Daniel Island sisters Abigail and Emma Schimpf in second.

Camila Burnett was the only girl to break 40 in the 10-12 division, doing it twice with nine-hole rounds of 37-38.

The HHIJGA boys placed second as a team, paced by a runner-up finish from Bluffton’s John DiGenova in the top classification and victory by Hilton Head Island’s Jonathan Griz in the 10-12 division.

DiGenova nearly made up a six-shot deficit on winner Dillon Hite (Lexington), matching the final day’s best round with a 72 that left him one shot off the pace. Hilton Head Island’s Charlie Farrell tied for fourth, five shots off the pace.

Griz captured his division by five, capped by a 33 on the final day. Hilton Head Island’s Nolan Hawkins tied for second; fellow islander Caden Edwards grabbed a share of third in the boys’ 13-14 division.


Bill Sampson, director of golf at Old Tabby Links, is taking pledges for his sixth annual Labor Day Weekend golf marathon to raise funds for the Folds of Honor Foundation.

Sampson raised more than $60,000 last year, when he completed 203 holes in a 12-hour period that saw him play nearly half in an unrelenting rain. He has set a goal of $65,000 for his Sept. 4 effort, which would fund one additional Folds of Honor scholarship for children and spouses of military personnel killed or disabled in combat.

Sampson’s marathon is in conjunction with Patriot Golf Day, an annual initiative in which golfers during Labor Day weekend are asked to contribute $1 above their usual greens fees for Folds of Honor.

To make a pledge, call 843-987-2013 or email For more information on Patriot Golf Day, see


Pinecrest Golf Club is the venue for a Sept. 3 fundraiser to help offset medical expenses for Capt. Chris Morris, the Sea Tow operator who has been sidelined in recent weeks.

Entries are $100 for adults and $75 for children, which includes a benefit concert after the tournament at the Old Town Dispensary. The day also will include raffles and a 50/50 drawing.

To register or for more information, call 843-384-5826 or email


Hilton Head Island’s Karen Ferree and Terri Allemang each played key roles as some of the Lowcountry’s top women golfers successfully defended their title in the second WSCGA Cross State Shootout last weekend in Columbia.

Playing in separate tandems, Ferree and Allemang each helped their teams tally 4  1/2 points during two days of best-ball match play. The Lowcountry finished with 16  1/2 points, easily outpacing the Upstate (10  1/2) and Midlands (8).


▪  Former Hilton Head Island resident Todd White has been named again to represent South Carolina at next month’s USGA Men’s State Team championship in Alabama. White is the lone holdover from the 2014 squad, joined this year by Greer’s Todd Hendley and Columbia’s Robert Dargan.

▪  Bluffton’s Richard Forde and Brian Hayden parlayed a front-nine 34 into a two-stroke win at Monday’s Carolinas Golf Association four-ball tournament at Daniel Island Club. The Okatie duo of Sheldon Tyrrell and Colin Ingham captured the super senior division for entrants 65 and older.


▪  Richard Martin recorded a hole-in-one Thursday at the second hole of Hidden Cypress Golf Club, using an 11-wood for a shot that that found the cup from 108 yards. Pete Deverall served as witness.

▪  Larry D. Thompson also posted a hole-in-one Thursday at Hidden Cypress, acing the seventh hole from 144 yards out with a 4-hybrid. Witnesses were Bud Madara, Tony Russo and Mike Nickolas.

Jeff Shain: 843-706-8123, @jeffshain