Fall is here so the opening tip is to get the calendar out and plan your golf! The courses are in peak form and availability is high.
Speaking of courses, Solina Golf Club is a new private club located near the airport and is set to start “Preview Play” Sat. October 21.
The Scramble is a new Chip and putt short course that is 6 holes. One round can be played in less than 10 minutes with 2-4 players and is much fun. The Scramble is located at Tsunami Bar Training Center in West Columbia and is set to open next week.
Girls high school golf is in the middle of their season. The Lady Eagles of Chapin have been collecting a good bit of hardware (trophies) this season. At the 17th Annual Smith Memorial they finished Tied for first with the Lady Wildcats of Lexington with the Lady Gators of River Bluff coming in Third. Olivia Roberts of Chesnee lead and Alexandria Mack of River Bluff lead the individual standing with a winning score of three over par. Mia Andrade of Chapin finished third, Caitlyn Gaines of River Bluff forth, Lilly Reed Black (Chapin), Karys Clampitt (Lexington), Adysen Langdale (Lexington) Tied for 5th. Finishing off the all tournament team at 10th place was Reagan Haggard (Chapin), Taryn Smoak (Lexington).
Region and State Championship play will begin soon so keep checking in to see how the midlands teams are doing!
Mid Carolina Club hosted their First Annual Kiswire Pro-Am benefiting First Responders. They had a full field and some great play. In the pro am section where two ball are counted each hole. The team of Arron Black (SpringField Golf Club) John Sparrow, Shannon York and Landon York came in at 125 strokes. Finishing second is Jerry Haas (Wake Forest University) Davis Hollins, Tiny Gandy, Phillip Bailey at 126. Ray Franz (Daniel Island Club) Daniel Martin, Jimmy Graham, Chuck Bland finished 3rd at 127.
In the Low Pro division Mid Carolina Clun Host Golf Professional, Burke Cromer shot a seven under 65 to for a one shot win over over Arron Black (SpringField Golf Club) who shot 66. Charles Chapman (Olde Sycamore GC) 67 was third, and Zack Calhoun (Ware Shoale CC), Jerry Haas (Wake Forest University), and Ray Franz (Daniel Island Club) 68 tied for 4th.
Here are a couple of facts about this event. First, the strength of field in this event was quite impressive and second, it’s incredibly difficult to win at home in golf while hosting the event!
As it starts to get colder some inside practice may be required to keep your game sharp. Some great ideas for indoor practice are checking your posture in a mirror, putting to a small targets such as dimes and pennies on the floor.
The “Winter Tour”(ICRC Winter Youth Golf Tour) registration is underway so be sure to go to icrc.org to sign up. The program got started as the Lexington County Junior Championship in 1992. The next year, 1993 it developed into a “tour.” Timberlake GC & Indian River GC, (now Solina Golf Club)hosted the inaugural program. This is a family golf initiative that is played Sunday afternoons in the heart of Winter, December January and February. Parents have the option of participating as a caddy, course guide, or fan.