Spring Valley Country Club marked its golden anniversary Saturday with a gala for members and guests to celebrate its 50 years in Columbia Northeast.
Named "Children, Charity and Community," the event featured golf and tennis competition, swimming, lawn games and games for youngsters. Both Cocky and the Clemson Tiger joined the festivities during the evening's pig pickin'.
"There's a lot going on and a lot to celebrate," club manager and director of golf Mike Birdsell said.
Four-player teams competed on the golf course with Harvest Hope Food Bank a certain winner. The charity received proceeds from the entry fees. Both adults and juniors participated on the tennis courts in the afternoon.
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The celebration included two of the founding members, Carl Blaylock and Bill Harley.
The Spring Valley golf course, designed by George Cobb and John Lafoy, will be the site of both the Midlands Chevy Dealers City Championship in July and the Women's State Stroke Play tournament in September.
The week will be a busy one for state college teams with South Carolina's women competing in the NCAA tournament Tuesday-Friday in Wilmington, N.C., and four men's teams and two individuals playing in regional tournaments Thursday-Saturday.
The women's tourney is set for the Country Club of Landfall. The Gamecocks enter the 72-hole event coming a East Region championship.
South Carolina's men are seeded third in the East Regional at Yale in New Haven, Conn. Clemson, seeded fourth, Furman, eighth, and Coastal Carolina, 11th, play in the South Regional in Alpharetta, Ga. Wofford's Garrett Medeiros and Mark Joye earned individual spots in the South field.
Luke Coates of Florence, Eric Eberspeaker of Rock Hill and Davis Whittle of Aiken led the qualifying for berths in the South Carolina Golf Association's Junior Championship, which will be played June 8-10 at Fort Jackson Golf Club's Wildcat Course.
Thirty-four players earned exemptions based on past performances. The qualifying tourneys at Wyboo Golf Club in Manning, Columbia Country Club and Hickory Knob State Park in McCormick drew 115 golfers ages 15-17, and 69 joined the exempt players in the 54-hole championship. ...
Jonathan Mathias shot a 4-over-par 76 to win the championship flight in the eGolf Amateur Tour's one-day tournament at Spring Valley. Brooks Varn (A flight), David Courtright (B flight), Ryan O'Leary (C flight) and Todd Ledford (D flight) captured the other divisions. The tour's next event, which places players in flights based on handicaps, will be Saturday at Beech Creek. For information, call 866-918-4653. ...
Clemson teammates Will Overden of Spartanburg and Corbin Mills of Anderson won the Carolinas Four-Ball Championship at Camden Country Club. The Clemson duo defeated Patrick Brady of Reidsville, N.C. and Scott Harvey of Greensboro, N.C. 3 and 2 for the title. ...
Bill Palmer of Bluffton won his second SCGA Seniors title in four years, beating Mike Gravley of Greer on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff at Oldfield Club in Oaktie. Palmer and Gravley tied in regulation with 209 totals. In the 54-hole event for golfers over the age of 55, John Smunk of Port Royal finished third at 214, one shot better than his brother, defending champion Bill Smunk of Kingstree.
MONDAY: U.S. Open Qualifying (Local), Colleton River Plantation (Dye Course), Bluffton. Contact: SCGA, (803)732-9311
MONDAY: CGA Senior Four-Ball One-Day Tournament, Greenville CC (Riverside). Contact: CGA, (910) 673-1000
TUESDAY: U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, Sectional Qualifier, Ironwood CC, Greenville, N.C. Contact: CGA, (910) 673-1000
TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY: WSCGA Senior Championship, CC of Charleston. Contact: WSCGA, (843) 757-4653
WEDNESDAY: SCGA Senior One-Day, Sunset CC, Sumter. Contact: SCGA, (803)732-9311
THURSDAY: U.S. Open Qualifying (Local), Debordieu Club, Georgetown. Contact: SCGA, (803)732-9311
SATURDAY: SCJGA Par 3 Challenge, Lake Murray GC, Riverside GC, Columbia. Contact: SCGA, (803) 732-9311
MAY 23: SCGA One-Day, The GC at Star Fort, Ninety Six. Contact: SCGA, (803)732-9311