Golf Tips by Chase Butler, PGA

George Bryan Golf Academy
George E. Bryan, III
803-781-2063
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Jason Durstine, Scott Biggerstaff, both Country Club of Lexington members, Mike Ramsey of Golden Hills, and I engaged in our “First annual Fall Golf Tour” this past weekend and it was much fun. Ramsey, was not only the “Fall Tour Architect”, he hosted the event. and we stayed in his condominium at Wild Dunes. We were to start with an early round Saturday morning at CC of Lexington, then drive to Mt Pleasant for the afternoon round at River Towne but midland morning rain combined with forecasted Low Country sun inspired early departure. Rain gave way to the sun just below I-95 and we were applying both sunscreen and insect repellant in the parking lot at River Towne. Patriots Point was the early Sunday course with Wild Dunes in the afternoon.

We were to start with an early round Saturday morning at CC of Lexington, then drive to Mt Pleasant for the afternoon round at River Towne but rain in the Midlands combined with forecasted Low Country sun inspired an early departure. Rain gave way to the sun just below I-95 and we were applying both sunscreen and insect repellant in the parking lot at River Towne. Patriots Point was the early Sunday course with Wild Dunes in the afternoon.

There were three distinct highlights; first, Scott, a 3 handicap, Mike(6), and Jason (3) hit numerous great shots which was fun to watch. Second, with as much as Jason won from the rest of us, he will sponsor next year’s event, and the third, was we did not end up in the emergency room Sunday evening. On one of our last holes Sunday, as darkness encroached, I look over and Jason is humored with a very odd, very tiny, wiggly creature in the middle of the fairway.

Unknowingly, he was playing with a baby rattlesnake. When I pointed out that baby rattlesnakes do not have rattles, the humorless expression was priceless.
Jason smoothly, returned his focus back to his golf game, continued his solid play and closed strong.
It was not until dinner later and counting his winnings that Jason looked up on the internet then confirmed that his small shoulder-less discovery was a baby rattlesnake. This was the only point in which he was “rattled.”

The 49th annual Peach Festival benefiting “Special Olympics” hosted by the Country Club of Lexington was the site of our final round. Scott and Jason rotated out to join other teams. Mary Chandler, my daughter, and Ken Taylor, a member at the Members Club at Wood Creek Farms joined Mike and I. Again, I watched great golf. Mary scored 68 to lead us all. Ken and Mike were stellar while my game took an unexplainable leave of absence.

The team format in the Peach Festival was low gross plus low net ball which is fun and 128 players from all over the Carolinas participated. Norman Flynn, the hall of fame founding head professional of  the CC of Lexington also got this event started almost half a century ago.

Rohan Allwood, the new Head Professional of Mid-Carolia Club led his team of Jason Durstine, Mark Turbevile, and Ken Anderson to an incredible score of 122 and placing first. Allwood also shot 65, seven under par to claim low professional honors. Mark Turbivile made an eagle on the 12th hole to win the skins game too.

Grow Golf Now, a brand new entity specializing in peewee golf will partner with the 25 year old Irmo Chapin winter youth golf tour to oversee and support the new 4-6 year old peewee league. More information on the Winter Tour can be found by calling the recreation centers at 803-772-3336 or 803-345-6182.