September News and Notes

GOLF magazine honors Harbour Town, May River
Two area golf courses were listed in GOLF magazine’s 2012 edition of “Top 100 Courses You Can Play.” Harbour Town Golf Links checked in at No. 12, up two spots from the magazine’s last rankings in 2010. May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff was ranked No. 51, though the club does not offer tee times to the general public. The magazine also released its biennial list of the top 20 public courses in each state. Harbour Town came in at No. 2 for South Carolina behind the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. May River was No. 5, Heron Point by Pete Dye was No. 11 and Melrose Golf Club on Daufuskie Island was No. 18.

Locals qualify for US Mid Amateur
Four area golfers qualified for the U.S. Mid Amateur Championship, set for Sept. 8-13 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill. Bluffton golfer Kevin King took second place in a Jacksonville qualifier with a 70, earning one of four spots in the field. Hilton Head Island’s Todd White fired a 69 to tie for fourth place at a qualifier in Salisbury, N.C., earning one of seven spots. Hilton Head Island’s Patrick Datz took first place in an Ames, Iowa, qualifier. Bluffton’s John Patterson earned one of five qualifying spots in a qualifier at Columbia Country Club. The U.S. Mid Amateur Championship is for amateurs 25 and older.

Sea Pines pros each play 100 holes for charity
Adam Devine and Kyle Maloney each played 100 holes of golf at Heron Point on Aug. 3 to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. Both are assistant golf professionals at Sea Pines Resort. The two raised money through The two teed off at 6 a.m. and finished 11 hours and 38 minutes later.

IJGT announces Discovery Tour schedule
The International Junior Golf Tour recently announced its fall schedule for the Discovery Tour, which includes seven events in five states. Local courses on the tour are Hilton Head National Golf Club in Bluffton (Sept. 8) and Shipyard Golf Club on Hilton Head (Sept. 29). Find the complete schedule online at

Leesville golfer wins SC Amateur
Leesville’s Cody Proveaux won the 81st annual South Carolina Amateur Championship, held Aug. 4-5 at the Country Club of Spartanburg. Proveaux fired a 69-65-65-68 – 267 to win by three strokes. Bluffton’s J.D. Hoft was the top local player, finishing with a 282.

Carrihill wins Hilton Head Open
Dataw Island Club assistant professional Stuart Carrihill won the 38th annual Hilton Head Open, held Aug. 4-5 at Wexford Plantation. Carrihill finished with a 2-under-par 142 and pocketed $1,000 for his effort. Berkeley Hall’s Nicholas Coursey and Chechessee Creek’s Mark Phillips tied for second at 146. Kevin Arnold won the senior flight with a 156, Ted Morris won Flight One with a 166 and David DeDecker won Flight Two with a 175.  

HHIJGA golfer 2nd at Optimist Junior
Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy student Siriko Thamonpat tied for second place at the Optimist Junior, held July 26-29 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The Bangkock, Thailand, native fired rounds of 75, 77, 73 and 74 on the Squire and Palmer courses. She will be a rising junior this fall at the HHIJGA, based on Hilton Head Island.

Hoft wins Beaufort City Championship
Bluffton amateur golfer J.D. Hoft won the Beaufort City Championship, held July 28-29 at Ocean Point on Fripp Island. Hoft fired a 3-under-par 141 to beat second place finisher Rob Simmons by three strokes. Simmons, from Beaufort, won the event last year. Port Royal’s Benji Gecy came in third with a 148.

USGA, Colleton River officially announce 2015 US Junior Am
The United States Golf Association officially announced the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur will come to Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton. The USGA made the announcement on July 26 in front of several Colleton River members and other local dignitaries. The tournament marks South Carolina’s first U.S. Junior since 1979. The dates of the championship are July 20-25, 2015.

Johnson earns IJGT win at Dolphin Head
Bluffton golfer Elliott Johnson won the boys 15-19 division of the International Junior Golf Tour’s stop at Dolphin Head Golf Club. The tournament was July 16-17. Johnson fired a 75-81 – 156 to win the flight by three strokes. Ridgeland’s Cody Hewatt and Hilton Head Island’s Alan Xu also competed in the event. The IJGT will be back in the area for another tournament Sept. 1-2 at Oldfield.

Weary 2nd in HJGT event
Bluffton golfer Alec Weary took second place in a Hurricane Junior Golf Tour event held July 12-13 at Wilmington Island Club in Savannah. Weary fired a 71-75 – 146 in the boys 11-14 division to finish one stroke behind the winner. Hardeeville’s Jonathan Phillips, Bluffton’s Drew Weary and Hilton Head’s Alex Thaller also competed in the event. The HJGT will return to the area Sept. 8-9 for the Kikkor Golf Series at Golden Bear event hosted by Indigo Run.

Simmons wins HHIAGA Amateur Championship
Rob Simmons won the 2012 Hilton Head Island Amateur Golf Association Amateur Championship on Sunday at Oyster Reef Golf Club. Simmons fired a 73-71 – 144 and beat John Patterson in a four-hole sudden death playoff. Simmons and Patterson were the only two golfers in the field to match par. Doug Ballanger won the senior division with a 150. Brian Fox won the handicap division with a 150. .


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