Staff photo by Emmy Errante
Actor Tim Haldeman congratulates his team of golfers during the 2013 Coastal Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 4.
The celebrity presence was noticeable at the Coastal Carolina Classic Celebrity Golf tournament on Saturday, May 4, at The Country Club of Landfall, but the show was stolen by the wind. It blew from the northeast at just 15-20 miles per hour but had a hurricane-like impact on players.
“The par threes played tougher because they were into the wind,” said Josh Brock, former University of North Carolina Wilmington golfer turned pro. “But if you got near 20 feet you could count it for birdie.”
Brock, who shot a 59, attributes the windiness to the Nicklaus Course’s proximity to the ocean. “When the NCAA women played here it was an issue for them, too,” he said.
“I’m not a wind player, even when I’m playing downwind it screws me up,” said Vida Blue, former pitching great, most notably of the Oakland Athletics. “The greens are tough enough, I know from playing the Willie Stargell Tournament, but this wind is killing me,” he said.
Some event patrons were taking what shelter a big white tent could offer them from the blusters and others were studying the leaderboard when teams began to finish around 2 p.m.
If there was anything that could reclaim the spotlight from the wind, it wasn’t the thrill of competition or even celebrity, but the cause served.
“The proceeds will go to the Hospitality House, which is a great cause,” said Jim Bryan, event chairman. “[It allows] families to be right across the street from the hospital and at a reasonable price so they can have an extended stay, rather than a hotel. They can cook dinner, wash their clothes, and be close to their loved ones. …New Hanover is a regional hospital, so you have families coming from all over. If you’re coming from 50 miles away you need to be close to your loved ones in order to aid in the recovery process,” he said.
The winner, with an overall net score of 101.8, was the Homewood Suites team made up of Greg Thompson, Brian Parke Sr., Richard Gapski, and celebrity Rob Brickels. In second place with a net score of 102.4 was Monteith Construction’s John Monteith, Ed Ollie, John Gizdic, Bill Schoettlekotte and celebrity Nick Searcy. Rounding out the top three was Team Scott Sammon which included Scott Sammon, Matt Huberty, Brent Maliek, Matt Kozlowski and celebrity Dave Yearwood.