• Thursday, March 6, 2014

Provided photo Three celebrities in the American golf industry met with golf and sports turf students at Horry Georgetown Technical College last month to discuss the state of the industry. Brad Klein, senior writer for Golfweek magazine; Craig Currier, superintendent at Glen Oaks on Long Island; and Steve Rabideau, of Winged Foot Golf Club in New York, spoke about their careers, the golf industry and the future of the sport. Currier and Rabideau are widely recognized for maintaining meticulous courses, and have hosted U.S. Open Championships. “For students who aspire to become stars in the golf industry, this was a unique opportunity to meet with these three accomplished professionals,” said professor Rick McGuinnes, chair of the HGTC Golf and Sports Turf program. “The stars were aligned to get this group to campus.” McGuinnes recruited the team to inspire students, who gathered in Burroughs & Chapin Auditorium on the HGTC Conway Campus to ask questions and seek career advice.

High school basketball on Time Warner

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will air the South Carolina High School League Basketball Championships live today and Saturday.

The schedule is:

Today: Class AAAA girls, Dutch Fork vs. Greenwood, 7 p.m.; Class AAAA boys, Wando vs. Hillcrest, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday: Class A girls, Latta vs. St. Joseph’s, 12:30 p.m.; Class A boys, Whale Branch vs. CA Johnson, 2 p.m.; Class AA girls, Bishop England vs. Andrew Jackson,

4 p.m.; Class AA boys, Lake Marion vs. Newberry, 5:30 p.m.; Class AAA girls, Crestwood vs. Dreher, 7 p.m.; Class AAA boys, Darlington vs. AC Flora, 8:30 p.m.

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel can be found on HD channel 520 or 323 on Time Warner Cable systems in the Carolinas.

Georgetown Hospital System hosting Charity Golf Tournament

Tee it up at the Georgetown Hospital System’s first Charity Golf Tournament March 31 and help support programs that benefit the community’s medically underserved and uninsured residents.

The event gets under way at 9 a.m. at The Reserve Golf Club. The entry fee is $175 per player, or $700 per team, and covers greens fee, cart, lunch, an awards ceremony and a buffet dinner.

Contests will be held for putting, closest to the pin, the longest drive, longest putt and a hole-in-one.

Visit www.georgetownhospitalsystem.org/charitygolftournament to register online.

Registration open for Azalea Festival 5K/10K

On April 5, the Cape Fear (N.C.) Volunteer Center will host the Azalea Festival 5K/10K Walk/Run in Wilmington, N.C., at Try Sports Field.

The race begins at 8 a.m. with day-of registration from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. The entry fee is $35 per person or $108 for team of four.

Proceeds support the Big Buddy program, a one-on-one mentoring program that matches at-risk youth ages 5-16 with positive adult role models.

To promote a healthy lifestyle, participants under 12 can participate for free.

Questions or to pay by check, call 910-392-8180. Or register your team at eventbrite.com.

Chamber golf tournament set for April 10

Register today for The 12th annual Georgetown County Chamber Golf Classic on April 10.

The tournament tees off at 1 p.m. at Wachesaw Plantation Club.

The format will be Captain’s Choice with prizes in each flight.

Registration is $100 per person and includes lunch,

cooler/goody bag, beverages, dinner, and closest to the pin and longest drive contests.

Go to www.visitgeorge.com to register.

Volunteers sought for PGA Professional National Championship

Applications are now available for the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship, which will be held at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club and Grande Dunes Resort Club June 19-25.

Tournament organizers are seeking 500 volunteers for the event, which will bring 312 of the top PGA Professionals from across the United States to compete for 20 spots in the 2014 PGA Championship, to be held at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., in August.

The 500 volunteers are needed for player caddie registration, on-course leaderboards, golf course signage, walking scorers, marshals and other assorted duties.

Volunteer packages cost $25 and include a uniform (hat and golf shirt), access to the championship grounds for the week and lunch each day. Volunteers who sign up for three or more shifts will also receive a complimentary and transferrable round of golf.

To request more information, e-mail David Kullenberg at pncvolunteers@gmail.com.

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