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Golf notes: Good doctor to work with juniors

It's not just any junior golf tour that can offer a chance to work with a sports psychologist who also advises a trio of major championship winners.

Dr. Morris Pickens, whose clients include U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, British Open winner Stewart Cink and 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson, will be a part of the Irmo Chapin Winter Youth Golf Tour, which runs December-February at more than a dozen area courses.

Pickens will conduct an on-course workshop for juniors and parents. Courses involved include Charwood, Oak Hills, Timberlake, Indian River, Hidden Valley, Northwoods, Crickentree, Windermere, Columbia Country Club, Newberry, Ponderosa, Rawls Creek and the Country Club of Lexington.

Cost of the program is $85 for residents of Lexington County's portion of School District 5, $103 for others. Call (803) 772-3336 or (804) 345-6181.

Bradshaw an All-American. Columbia's Thomas Bradshaw has been named an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association.

The 17-year-old A.C. Flora student is ranked No. 45 in the AJGA's rankings of U.S. juniors. He won the Woodward Video Junior in West Virginia and placed third at the Heritage Junior at Hilton Head.

Past Rolex All-Americans include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and 2009 U.S. Open champion and Clemson All-American Lucas Glover.

Golf-a-Thon. A one-day Golf-a-thon to benefit Special Olympics is today from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at The Golf Center at 109 Tat Road, off Hardscrabble Road near Clemson Road, with appearances by members of the USC men's and women's golf teams.

The event is hosted by the nonprofit "Special Golf for Special People" organization. Special Olympians and the USC players will take part from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

For information, contact Family Golf Foundation directors Tom and Rebekah Gawinski at (803) 708-1092.

Legends Challenge. The Country Club of Lexington will host the 14th Spirit Telecom Legends Challenge tournament Nov. 23, featuring teams of former USC and Clemson football players paired with fans of the two schools.

The event raises funds for scholarships for USC's Department of Sport and Entertainment Management and Clemson's Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Among those taking part are Clemson's Eddie Seigler, Ray Brown, Fred Cone, Whitey Jordan, Stacy Long and Billy Wingo, and ex-USC players Otis Morris, Benny Galloway, Willie Scott, Rick Sanford, Harold Green and Jeff Grantz.

For information, go to LegendsChallenge.org.

Auction set at Blue Marlin. The S.C. Junior Golf Foundation and Palmetto Tomorrow Foundation will stage an auction of golf art by South Carolina artists Linda Hartough and George "Griff" Griffin on Nov. 16 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Blue Marlin restaurant in The Vista.

Food and beverages will be available. Proceeds will benefit the SCJGF and its junior golf programs. For more information, go to scgolf.org.

Chip Shots. The Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy will host the Hank Haney Invitational, sponsored by BMW Southern Region, Nov. 13-15 at Sea Pines Resort's Harbour Town GL and Ocean Course. The tournament includes top junior players from across North America, including the Mexican National Team, and students of Haney, who counts Tiger Woods among his PGA Tour clients. Call (800) 791-8229 or go to ijga.com. ... Newberry College's women's team is ranked ninth in Division II teams by both Golfstat and the Golf World/NGCA Coaches' Poll. It is Newberry's first top-10 appearance in the coaches' poll. ... The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Classic will be played Nov. 8-13, with more than 900 police from 35 states competing at 10 Myrtle Beach courses. Call (877) 465-3467 or go to nleomgc.com.

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