August 18, 2013

BMW Open pays dividends in Upstate

Mark Anderson shattered the tournament record in capturing the Tour’s BMW Pro-Am in May, but he represents only one of the winners in the event played over three Upstate courses.

Mark Anderson shattered the tournament record in capturing the Tour’s BMW Pro-Am in May, but he represents only one of the winners in the event played over three Upstate courses.

Other beneficiaries include organizations that will receive parts of the $731,152 raised for charity, the area economy from a $6.8 million shot in the arm, and the state ($868,479) and local ($541,048) governments in revenue. A study by Clemson’s International Institute of Tourism and Development produced the economic impact results.

Officials announced the figures last week and said this year’s contributions boosted the charitable contributions to $9.98 million since the tournament began in 2001.

The tournament features Tour pros and celebrities. Courses announced for the 2014 tourney include the Thornblade Club, the Reserve at Lake Keowee and Green Valley Country Club.

Anderson, a Beaufort native and USC All-American, will not return to defend his title in 2014. Instead, he will be playing on the PGA Tour, thanks in large part to his BMW victory. The top 25 money winners earn spots in golf’s major league, and his $117,000 check boosted him to ninth in earnings. He went into this weekend at No. 8.

Also assured on advancing from the to the PGA Tour via earnings are Ben Martin (Greenville/Clemson) and Kevin Kisner (Aiken/Georgia). Martin has won two tourneys and ranks second on the money list with five tournaments remaining, and Kisner, 14th in earnings, has won once.

Martin especially is having a spectacular year. In the Tour statistics, he ranks first in all-around play, ball-striking and greens in regulation, second in scoring, fifth in total driving and 12 in putts per greens in regulation. He is No. 156 in the world rankings.

Introduction program for youth

The S.C. Junior Golf Association is setting up a development program for youngsters new to the game. Teaching pro George Bryan notes the team series is a “completely recreational opportunity” designed for new golfers ages 4-9 but not excluding 10-14 year olds.

Parents are required to participate as guides and caddies. Training and education is provided for both parents and players, and the program is conducted on the course — not on a practice range. The season begins Sept. 8.

The Golf Center, Cobblestone Park and Northwoods are in the Columbia Chapter, and Ponderosa Club, Charwood and Lake Murray Golf Center are Lexington Chapter courses. Newberry Country Club is Newberry’s host club.

For information, go to, then click on “program” and “team series.”

Chip shots

Former Lexington High stalwarts Maureen Dunnagan and Kathryn Miranda teamed to win the CGA’s Carolinas Womens Four-Ball title at MacGregor Downs in Cary, N.C. Dunnagan, who plays at San Diego State, birdied the first playoff hole to secure the title after Miranda, the Columbia city champion who plays at the College of Charleston, got up and down on the final hole in regulation to get the team into the playoff. ...

Walter Odiorne (Columbia), Bob Rickman (North Augusta), Brian Johnston (Duluth, Ga.) and Tim Dinwiddie (Afton, Tenn.) earned berths in the U.S. Senior Amateur in qualifying at Camden Country Club. The national tourney will be played Sept. 21-26 in Cashiers, N.C. ...

George Bentley made a hole-in-one on Timberlake Country Club’s eighth hole, using an 8-iron for the 142-yard shot. ...

Bernie Shealy (Columbia), Tim Tyler (Chapin) and Bob Varn (Orangeburg) led qualifying for the CGA’s Carolinas Senior Amateur at Columbia Country Club. Sixteen players advanced to the Sept. 10-12 tourney at Camden Country Club. ...

Clemson freshman Ashlan Ramsey, who won five of eight tournaments this summer, has climbed to No. 1 in the world in Golfweek’s women’s amateur rankings.

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