Kiawah Island Golf Resort, home of Pete Dye's famed Ocean Course and four other highly regarded designs, claimed the top award in Golf World's inaugural Readers' Choice Awards.
Kiawah outdistanced the runner-up, Oregon's Bandon Dunes, with a score of 95.18 on a 100-point scale to Bandon Dunes' 93.38. The Charleston-area resort also earned top votes for condition of course(s), service and overall value, and finished second in off-course amenities.
Hilton Head's Harbour Town Golf Links/Sea Pines Resort placed 46th among the top 50 resorts. The rankings were based on 46,000 facilities ratings and 600,000 criteria evaluations, according to Golf World.
South Carolina courses also earned spots among the top 50 public courses and top 50 private courses. Pawleys Island's Caledonia Golf & Fish Club was 20th and sister course True Blue Plantation was 26th in the public standings.
Bluffton's Colleton River Plantation Golf Club was 19th among private courses, while Chechessee Creek Club in Okatie ranked 29th and The Kiawah Island Club was 39th.
Grimes to defend. Columbia's Jarrett Grimes figures to face at least one familiar foe when he defends his title in the S.C. Golf Association's Mid-Amateur Championship, Friday-Oct. 11 at Greenville Country Club's Riverside Course.
Grimes won last year's title by three shots at Camden Country Club over Steve Liebler of Irmo, the 2006 champion. Also in the field of 120 players (all 30 and older) will be Columbia's Brent Roof, who won this year's Fairway Outreach City Tournament, and Columbia's David Dargan.
Greenville's Lee Palms, the 2008 S.C. Amateur champion, finished third in last year's Mid-Amateur behind Grimes and Liebler. Laurens' Walter Todd won in 2005 and was sixth last year, and Greenwood's Chip Whitt also finished in the top 10.
Carolinas Senior Women. Pat Brogden of Garner, N.C., made pars on both her playoff holes at Columbia's Forest Lake Club to outlast defending champion Patty Moore of Charlotte and capture her first Carolinas Women's Senior Championship.
Mount Pleasant's Lea Anne Brown placed third and Hilton Head's Karen Ferree was seventh. Columbia's Louise Givens placed fourth in the third flight.
In the tournament's Tee Division, Columbia's Brenda Bauer took a one-shot victory over Florence's Frankie Garber in the first flight. Blythewood's Diana Saine finished third and Lexington's Mary Secoy tied for seventh.
Columbia's Sara Stork was second, West Columbia's Rita Gay third and Lexington's Toni Buerkert fourth in the Tee Division's second flight. Columbia's Kat Salley finished sixth in the third flight.
Chip shots. Daufuskie Island's Haig Point will host a field of 12 college teams, including South Carolina, in the second Rees Jones Collegiate Invitational, hosted by Michigan State today-Tuesday. Also in the field are College of Charleston and Winthrop. ... The Newberry women's golf team, ranked 13th in Division II by Golf World, also has the top-ranked freshman class in NCAA Division II, according to golfstat.com. Three freshmen - Barbara Castro of Spain, Josefine Mensner of Norway and Germany's Lisa Brandl - are in the starting five. ... Aiken's Woodside Plantation CC's Jones Course will host the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's Fall Championship, Oct. 17-18, with three boys and two girls age divisions. Registration deadline is Wednesday. Call (904) 379-2697 or go to www.hjgt.org. ... Santee Resort GC will host the Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce captain's choice fall tournament Oct. 15, with a field of 25 teams. Cost is $75/person. Call (843) 563-9091 or (803) 496-3831. ... Wofford freshman Mark Joye of Columbia won individual honors and led the Terriers to a second-place finish in the Sea Trail Intercollegiate. Joye shot 8-under-par 208 (70-66-72). ... The Greater Columbia Disabilities Foundation tournament is Oct. 22 at Golden Hills G&CC in Lexington. Cost is $300/team of four, with 1 p.m. shotgun start. Call (803) 252-5179, ext. 394, or go to www.rldsn.org/Foundation/GolfTourn.html.