Local Golf Notes

SC players shine at Q-School

bspear@thestate.comOctober 28, 2012 

Brent Delahoussaye (Greenville) shot a final 68 to climb into a tie for third and lead five players from South Carolina into the second stage of the PGA Tour’s qualifying school Saturday at Florence Country Club.

Joining Delahoussaye in the second stage, which will be conducted at six sites the second week in November, are Vince Hatfield (Greenwood), Stephen Poole (Aiken), Adam Hart (Blythewood) and Donald Bryan (Columbia).

At other sites, former USC player Mark Silvers advanced at Pine Mountain, Ga., and former Clemson player Brian Duncan (Mt. Pleasant) moved ahead in the competition at Kingwood, Texas.

In last week’s first stage tourneys, Phillip Mollica (Greenville) and Chris Epperson (Hilton Head Island) advanced at Kannapolis, N.C., and Daniel Bowden (Easley) earned a second-stage berth at Madison, Miss.

Teaching summit

The South Carolina PGA Teaching and Coaching summit will be held at Woodlands Country Club on Nov. 12-13, with PGA professionals, apprentices and the public invited.

The interactive program will be conducted on the range, putting and chipping green and the classroom. Presenters include PGA professionals, coaches, a strength and conditioning expert and psychologists. In addition, Muzino Golf will conduct a club and shaft fitting session.

To register, contact Woodlands professional Tom Mason at (803) 788-6658. Cost is $175 for the public and includes dinner on Nov. 12 and breakfast and lunch on Nov. 13. Sessions will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 12, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Nov. 13.


Columbia native Tony Branham has been named head pro at Cobblestone Park, Affiniti Golf Partners said. Brahham began his career as an assistant at Spring Valley Country Club before becoming head pro at Golden Hills Golf Club. He comes to Cobblestone from teaching pro at The Golf Club at Indigo Run on Hilton Head Island. ...

Coming off a top 10 finish at the South Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship, Casey Smith of Abbeville won the SCGA Forty Plus Series Event at the Holly Tree Country Club in Simpsonville, shooting 68 to win by four strokes. ...

The International Junior Golf Tour for those in grades 5-12, will have events in nine states this spring. Tournaments in South Carolina will be held at Colleton River Plantation (Bluffton, Feb. 9-10), Kiawah Island Golf Resort (Feb. 16-17) and Bear Creek Golf Club (Hilton Head Island, May 4-5).

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