USCB’s Sand Sharks take inaugural tourney.

december 2008 55 The USCB Sand Sharks men’s team won out over a strong competitive field of college teams at the first J. Lindeberg-USCB Sand Sharks Classic golf tournament Nov. 8-9.Tradition National Golf Club in Hardeeville hosted the first J. Lindeberg-USCB Sand Sharks Classic golf tournament Nov. 8-9. The USCB Sand Sharks men’s team won out over a strong competitive field of college teams, including Savannah College of Art and Design, Berry College, Webber International University, and Edward Waters College. The USCB women golfers came in second among competitors from Northwood College, Spartanburg Methodist College, SCAD, Berry and Webber International.

“It wasn’t a huge field, but it was a very, very competitive one,” said USCB Coach Shane LeBaron. “Several teams, including Berry and SCAD, are in the top 20. I’m very proud of how well our guys did on their home course.”

Ninth annual Candy Cane Classic benefits Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.

This handmade Candy Cane Classic Santa is a one-of-a-kind item specially created by Nancy Butts for the event.The Sea Pines Country Club hosts the ninth annual Candy Cane Classic on Dec. 6.

Golfers and tennis players can enjoy fun and fellowship while contributing to the programs of the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.

“This gives me the chance to play golf for a great cause,” said tennis great Stan Smith, a member of the board of the Boys & Girls Club. “Tennis is my life, and each time I play golf I realize just how lucky I am to be proficient at tennis!”

More than 140 golfers will join together at the event sponsored by Beacon Insurance Group for a continental breakfast, a round of golf, a luncheon buffet and a fabulous auction. Tennis players will enjoy a double round robin, luncheon buffet and auction too. The cost for golfers is $155 including golf cart, range balls, all meals, beverages, hole in one, prize drawings and mulligans. The tennis entry fee is $100 per person and includes doubles round robin, luncheon buffet, auction and beverages.

TOMI can help knock strokes off your game.

The TOMI records critical parameters of the putting stroke, showing the golfer and the instructor what needs to be corrected in a player’s stroke.Golfers of all skill levels can now benefit from a fine-tuning of their game with the high-tech TOMI putting instruction device and the  K-VEST swing improvement apparatus at The Village Golf Shop.

TOMI, which stands for Total Optimal Motion Instructor, is brand new technology and already has received rave reviews nationally from top golf instructors and players over the past several months.

Hampton Hall Veterans Week Celebration November 10-14.

The Hampton Hall Men’s Golf Society will honor men and women in uniform Nov. 10-14 with a free round of golf at the Hampton Hall Golf Club.

The society is pleased to invite all active duty and retired military personnel to a round of golf with complimentary greens fees at the prestigious Pete Dye Golf Course at Hampton Hall.

There will be a $20 cart fee. Military identification will be required. Space is limited; 240 rounds are available.

New regs aimed at reducing ratings appeals.

Team captains, hold your collective breaths. It’s year-end ratings time, and this year they mean business on a new level. “Benchmark” players who are bumped up a rating won’t be allowed to appeal for one year - a “benchmark” being anyone on a team advancing to 2008 State Championships. Also new: the ‘08 year-end ratings will reflect, among other things, fall ’08 Super Senior results.

The new regs apply across the board - Adult and Senior in the spring, Mixed Doubles and Combo in summer and Super Seniors in the fall. The likelihood is a radically reduced number of rating appeals throughout the state and nation. (Medical appeals will not be affected.)

Outsiders may see the game of croquet as an old-fashioned sport, something from a black-and-white movie on TMC, according to Otto Wahlrab, the South Carolina liason for the United States Croquet Association. But for serious players, picking up a three-pound mallet and whacking a ball through a metal wicket is as competitive as it gets.

Wahlrab and about 60 other croquet players will compete in the Coastal Croquet Clubs’ (CCC) Sixth Annual Fall Invitational Tournament October 13-19 at club venues on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton. CCC chairman Stan Abrahamson said he expects an even bigger turnout this year, partly due to the new courts at Sun City and Palmetto Bluff.

Tourney targets cure for breast cancer.

Women’s Golf Association of the Golf ClubRealtor Christine Massey enlisted in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure campaign to beat breast cancer 11 years ago. The golf tournament she organized raised $500 in it’s first year and now more than a decade later, the tourney has raised more than $100,000 – ranking it among the top three percent of rally fund-raising clubs.

“We’re just very proud of how we’ve gone about doing this,” she said.

Massey invites women golfers to join this year’s Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament, September 23, sponsored by the Women’s Golf Association of the Golf Club at Indigo Run.
“The more the merrier…This is a fun tournament. We pair everybody up. It’s not just to win, it’s to participate.”

footballThe South represents many things to many people. Some say it is characterized by sweet tea, shagging and football. As the summer comes to an end, and you begin to pack away your beach chairs and towels, don’t forget to pull out your tailgating and football fan gear because football season has finally arrived in the Lowcountry! Although you’ll have to travel out of state to attend an NFL game, you can spend Friday nights scouting out local talent at a high school game or head to your favorite sports bar to cheer your team on.

Local high schools are gearing up for a great season this year. Bluffton High School has been working on both sides of the ball, and their seven returning starters on defense will help them fend off opponents. Hilton Head High School only lost three starters from last year’s offense and they are hoping to make it back to the playoffs this year.

LPGA Pros in the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer take to Daufuskie’s Haig Point on September 22.

Val Skinner, six-time LPGA winner and veteran, founder of LIFE (LPGA Pros in the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer) and the Val Skinner Foundation, host of LIFE in the South.The LIFE (LPGA Pros in the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer) in the South event, hosted by the Val Skinner Foundation, will take place September 22 at the Haig Point Golf Club on Daufuskie Island. LPGA pros scheduled to participate include Hall of Fame members Beth Daniel and Nancy Lopez, and pros Laura Diaz, Christina Kim and Brittany Lincicome, among others.

A clinic, titled LIFE’s Lessons, will be offered to sponsors who are still learning to play golf. This clinic will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. by former US Open and LPGA champion Jane Geddes and South Carolina Teacher of the Year Krista Dunton.

Hitting the links with Harbour Town Golf Links head pro John Farrell.

JOHN FARRELL IN HARBOUR TOWN GOLF LINKS PRO SHOPGolf season is back in full swing. Harbour Town Golf Links is undergoing significant amenity renovations, upgrades and additions. And, it’s Heritage time.

So, it’s no wonder Harbour Town’s PGA Head Golf Professional, John Farrell, says that now is a more exciting time than ever at Harbour Town. And if someone should know, it would be Farrell, who’s been a dedicated member of the Harbour Town Golf Links staff since 1991.

A golf enthusiast since the age of seven, when his father introduced him to the sport, Farrell, 46, said he enjoys life on all sides of the greens.