The tenth anniversary of the Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions was celebrated this week at Crow Creek Golf Club in Calabash, NC. The men’s and women’s club champions from 18 of Brunswick County’s golf courses competed to be crowned “Champion of Champions”. The tournament with it’s unique format rotates each year giving a variety of courses in the area the opportunity to host this prestigious event.
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the 2-day (Saturday and Sunday) 36 hole medal play event. Unlike many charity tournaments that are played in scramble format with mulligans, long drive, and closest-to-the-pin contest, this format is played strictly by the rules of golf. Everyone involved had a lot of fun, but this is serious golf. After all, these are the best players in their respective clubs competing for this title.
The tournament began ten years ago when Brunswick Beacon Golf Writer, Elsa Bonstein along with the club champions felt the season ended too soon after the club championships. Elsa took those concerns to her editor and the Tournament of Champions was born with Brunswick Beacon as the title sponsor. The inaugural event had 12 clubs represented and has grown each year.
Being able to play the tournament at Crow Creek, one of the areas top courses, is a bonus. Being able to play Crow Creek in the Fall is a windfall. Known for is extensive seasonal rye grass over-seeding program, Crow Creek lived up to their reputation. Head PGA Professional, Jimmy Biggs and his staff had the course in it’s usual tip top condition. The lush rye grass fairways were not only gorgeous against the dormant Bermuda rough, they were nice and soft and presented optimum lies. Crow Creek is one of the only remaining courses in the area to offer the L-93 Bent grass greens. Those types of greens struggle a bit through the hot summer months, but are perfect in the Fall and Spring. This week they lived up to their reputation.
The winner of the men’s club championship was Dave Lucas, representing Briewood, who shot 76-70 for a 146 two- day total. The men’s competition was very tight, but the women’s regular competition ended in a 3-way tie at 160 for the 2-day totals. The three ladies proceeded to a playoff on number 10, where Billie Ellwanger representing Meadowlands / Farmstead came away with the win.
The top four finishers in the men’s division were: 1st Dave Lucas (146), Garry Cofer (148), Peter Salak (150) and Mike Verhoosky (150).
The top three finishers in the Women’s division were: 1st Billie Ellwanger (winner in playoff) (160), Mona Dye-Boob
Great weather, great course conditions, competitive play from a group of champions, and an exciting finish made this a stand-out weekend for all involved. The Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions has certainly become one of the areas most prestigious events. Be sure to visit the Brunswick Beacon to keep up with Brunswick County golf and the writing of Elsa Bonstein. httpss://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sports/golf