Golf

Notes: eGolf Tour has opportunities for all

Golfers who love to compete but do not have the skills to challenge top-grade amateurs can satisfy their thirst for action the eGolf Amateur Tour, a national organization that stages tournaments throughout South Carolina.

The concept, in its 16th year nationally, places golfers in flights according to handicap indexes for 18-hole tournaments. Groupings include: championship, 0-4.9 index; A flight, 5-9.9; B flight, 10-15.9; C flight,16-19.9; D flight, 20-plus. Prizes are awarded in each division based on gross scores.

Golfers accumulate points in each tournament, and the top players in each flight qualify for the organization's national tournament in October at Hilton Head Island.

Midlands tournaments are scheduled every other weekend and include stops at Windermere, Woodlands, Spring Valley, Hidden Valley, Cobblestone Park and Mount Vintage.

The next Midlands event is Saturday at Woodlands with Beech Creek on March 13. Tour membership is $75. Entry fees vary with the courses.

For information, contact John Livoti at 866-918-4653 or at amateurgolftour@bellsouth.net.

Players with an index of 2.0 or lower also can test their skills on the eGolf Professional Tour, which has secured exemptions for its players into several Nationwide Tour events. The eGolf pros played last week at Hilton Head Island.

Passport available

Golfers looking for a deal on some of the Midlands' top courses can save anywhere from $5 to $65 with the Midlands Golf Passport.

The book, offered by the Midlands Golf Course Owners Association, offers unlimited play at reduced rates at many courses and features a hotline for special deals.

Courses range from those in the Midlands area to Patriot Grand Harbor in Greenwood, Mount Vintage in North Augusta, Edgewater in Lancaster, Houndslake and Midlands Valley in Aiken to Cobbs Glen in Anderson.

Books will be sold for $49 through the end of the month and $69 thereafter.

Books are on sale at Golf Headquarters stores in Columbia or by calling Goldys at 201-8869. A full list of courses and prices is at www.scmidlandsgolf.com.

Section banquet tonight

Chris Miller, managing director of the South Carolina Junior Golf Association, will be among the honorees at the Carolinas PGA Section's awards banquet today in Myrtle Beach.

Miller will receive the organization's Junior Golf Leader award at ceremonies at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Among others to be honor include: President's Plaque to Harbour Town golf professional John Farrell; private merchandiser of the year to Sage Valley's Daniel Seawell; player of the year and Palmer trophy to former University Club/Cobblestone assistant and USC volunteer assistant coach Curt Sanders; senior player of the year to former South Carolina resident Bob Boyd; and senior associate player of the year former Columbia resident Larry Boswell.

Celebrities to play

The celebrity list continues to grow for the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation with Sterling Sharpe and actor Ceech Marin (caddie in Tin Cup) among the latest to accept invitations. The Nationwide Tour tournament will be played over three Upstate courses May 13-16. For tournament information, including sponsorships, amateur playing spots or volunteer opportunities, call (864) 297-1660 or visit www.bmwcharitygolf.com.

Ball date set

Circle April 8 on your calendar for the eighth annual Columbia Golf Ball, a fundraiser for South Carolina's junior golf programs. The event will be at the Moore Building on the State Fairgrounds. For ticket and sponsorship information, call the South Carolina Golf Association at (803) 732-9311.

Clinics scheduled

The South Carolina Junior Golf Association will conduct five Club 4 Kids clinics next month: March 6, Palmetto Dunes Resort, Hilton Head, 1-3 p.m.; March 13, River Chase Golf Club, Union, 1-3 p.m.; March 20, Golf Club at Wescott Plantation, North Charleston, 3-5 p.m.; March 26, Creek Golf Club, Spartanburg, 4 p.m.; and March 27, Cobb's Glen Golf Club, Anderson, 1-3 p.m. Boys and girls 6-18 are invited to participate in the free program. Each junior will receive a free club and be given free instruction. For information or to register, contact Justin Fleming at jfleming@scgolf.org or (803) 732-9311.

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GOLF CALENDAR

FEB. 25: SCGA Senior One-Day, Lakeside CCC, Laurens. Contact: SCGA, (803)732-9311

FEB. 27: AJGT Junior Event, Links of Tryon, Campobello. Contact: AJGT, (704) 540-9455

FEB. 27-28: HJGT Junior Event, Grande Dunes Member's Course, Myrtle Beach. Contact: HJGT, (904) 379-2697

FEB. 27-28: PJGT Junior Event, Walker Course, Clemson. Contact: PJGT, (864) 656-0236

FEB. 27-28: Peggy Kirk Bell Girls' Tour, Patriots Point GC, Mount Pleasant. Contact: PKB, (336) 510-4653

FEB. 28: SCGA One-Day, Sweetwater CC, Barnwell. Contact: SCGA, (803)732-9311

FEB. 28-MARCH 1: PKB Junior Girls' Tour, Furman GC, Greenville. Contact: PKB, (336) 510-4653

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