Bob Boyd, who was diagnosed with leukemia last February, won the Carolinas PGA Crowfield Senior Open played this week in much the same fashion he dominated the Carolinas PGA for more than two decades.
Boyd shot 71-65-136, 8 under par, to finish seven shots ahead of runner-up Mike Hamilton of Simpsonville. Ronnie Miller, the director of instruction at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, was third at 72-72-144.
Boyd underwent a bone marrow infusion in June, then returned to golf in October in the Carolinas Open.
Boyd spent several years in the Charleston area, serving as the head pro at the Country Club of Charleston and then representing Wild Dunes on the PGA Tour for a couple of years before returning to his hometown of Wilmington, N.C.
He has been Carolinas PGA player of the year seven times and won five South Carolina Opens and three North Carolina Opens. He also was the medalist in the 2004 European Senior PGA qualifying tournament, winning by an amazing seven shots, and finished 29th on the 2005 money list with one win in Spain.
Closest to the pin
A "closest to the pin" contest will be held Wednesday from noon-7 p.m. at Bobby Hartin's Sports Bar. Golfers will compete on the EA Sports Tiger Woods 2007 game, which now includes the Ocean Course. Prizes will include golf on the Ocean Course, Senior PGA Championship ticket badges, and copies of the Tiger Woods game.
Ocean Course goes walking
Beginning Jan. 1, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort will become a "walking-only" facility for all tee times before noon.
"Walking has been a fundamental part of the game of golf since the first ball was struck on the seaside links of Scotland," said Brian Gerard, the director of golf for the resort. Gerard said that since the course began its caddie program six years ago, 50 percent of the play has been walking. Guests wanting to ride carts will be assigned tee times after noon.
Elmore wins Haas honor
McCuen Elmore of Cheraw has been named the South Carolina Junior Golf Association's Jay Haas Player of the Year. Elmore, who has committed to Clemson, won the SCJGA Players Championship, the Junior Rice Planters and the S.C. High School League's Class AA championship and had numerous runner-up finishes.
Golf Digest 'Best New'
The Rees Jones-designed Ralston Creek course at Daniel Island Club has been ranked No. 8 by Golf Digest in its list of Best New Private Courses for 2006. It was the only South Carolina course to make the "Best New" ratings which included private, public $75 and over, public under $75, new remodel, and new Canadian.
Golfweek's 'Best New'
Golfweek magazine has released its "Best New Courses for 2006," with three S.C. courses making the cut. May River at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, designed by Jack Nicklaus, was No. 8; the Members Club at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, designed by Nick Price and Craig Schreiner, was No. 15; and The Patriot at Grand Harbor, located in Ninety Six, was No. 47.
Golfweek's 'Best Residential'
Golfweek Magazine recently released its fourth "Best Residential Golf Courses" list, which not surprisingly included a number of S.C. courses.
Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island was the top S.C. course at No. 8. Kiawah Island Club's Cassique course came in at No. 16. Other S.C. courses included: No. 27, Old Tabby, Spring Island; No. 31, May River at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton; No. 44, Colleton River-Nicklaus, Bluffton; No. 60, Bulls Bay Golf Club, Awendaw; No. 63, Belfair-West, Bluffton; No. 64, River Course, Kiawah Island Club; No. 67, Colleton River-Dye, Bluffton; No. 70, Tidewater, North Myrtle Beach; No. 71, Haig Point, Daufuskie Island; No. 72, Belfair-East, Bluffton; No. 99, Berkeley Hall-South, Bluffton; No. 100, Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach.
No. 1 in the rankings was Wade Hampton Club in Cashiers, N.C.
McBride to appear at Tribute
Singer Martina McBride will headline a concert during the Ginn Tribute presented by Annika Sorenstam LPGA tournament at RiverTowne Country Club next spring. The tournament will be played May 31-June 3. Information on the tournament and concert will be available at www.ginntribute.com, or call the tournament office at (843) 849-2430.
The RiverTowne Toyland Charity Golf Tournament will be played at 11:30 a.m. today. The cost is $40 and a gift of $10 value or more for the captain's choice tournament. Players also can receive one do-over (mulligan) for a donation of two cans of food. Proceeds benefit the Commandos of Charleston and the Lowcountry Food Bank. Call (843) 849-2405.
The sixth annual Fort Dorchester High School Patriot Golf Classic will be played Saturday at Seabrook Island Golf Club. The format is four-man captain's choice and the entry fee is $75. Contact Tom Wilson at (843) 225-3584 or (843) 568-1464 or David Kovacs at (843) 552-1953 or (843) 296-1462.
TUESDAY, NOV. 14 Kathie Scattergood, Pine Forest Country Club, No. 13, 98 yards, 6-wood. Witness: Jay Scattergood.
THURSDAY, NOV. 16 Lou Dimuzio, Pine Forest Country Club, No. 8, 155 yards, 6-iron.
SATURDAY, NOV. 18 Mark Lyman, Plantation Course-Edisto Beach, No. 6, 162 yards, 7-iron. Witnesses: BoBo Lee, Bob Currin, Batson Hewitt.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29 Timi Kennedy, Harbor Course-Wild Dunes, No. 5, 168 yards, 6-iron. Witnesses: Patrick Forbes, Todd Campbell.
SATURDAY, DEC. 2 Nancy Zipter, Pine Forest Country Club, No. 17, 85 yards, 9-iron. Witnesses: Joan Mosack, Sandy Hamilton, Marie Henry.
MONDAY, DEC. 4 John McKeever, Berkeley Country Club, No. 8, 100 yards, pitching wedge. Witnesses: Nick Avery, Wayne Rowell, Jim Riley.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6 Roger Byrd, Golf Club at Briar?s Creek, No. 17, 158 yards, 5-iron. Witness: Stan Smuniewski.
Logan Lee, Charleston National Country Club, No. 18, 135 yards. Witness: Chuck Lee.
A hole-in-one should be reported by the golf course. To report a hole-in-one, contact Tommy Braswell at (843) 937-5591, fax (843) 937-5579 or email email@example.com.