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Hendrens hope to raise standard at Carolina Plantation

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It’s been more than 10 months since Al Wall retired as the club professional at Cliffwood Golf Course and since then the course has undergone numerous changes at the hands of his replacement, Mike Hendren.


The most notable took effect at the beginning of the month, when the course’s ownership officially changed hands from the Bullard family to Hendren Inc., which is owned by Mike and his father. With new owners comes a new name, Carolina Plantation Golf Club.


“It’s a new day at the old Cliffwood,” Hendren said.


The name is largely a formality with limited changes to the current operation for now. The course continues to host weekly leagues and senior shootouts. A phone call to the course still includes a mention of the prior name, which will slowly be phased out.


“We don’t want people to call and think they got the wrong number,” Hendren said.


Since Hendren took over as club professional, the course has gotten revamps here and there, including new boxes for the ladies and championship tees, a new putting green and improved greens around the course that roll better than in recent years. The club even got a new fleet of Yamaha carts and further renovations are planned.


“What we’re shooting for is to get it in as good or better shape than the courses around us,” Hendren said.


There will also be new events held to showcase the course, including a member-guest tournament on Aug. 30 and 31, and a corporate league starting in September that will include cookouts and live music.


A grand re-opening event will likely be held at a later date, Hendren said.


Starting Wednesday, the course’s weekly senior invitational will move to a 9 a.m. start. For $20 seniors get a round of golf, a continental breakfast and lunch.


Ladies league Winners were Jean Crouch and Toni Robinette. Carolyn Mcneil and Pandora Carter both had chip-ins.


The Foundation of Robeson County Community College will be holding its 30th annual Clifford Bullard Memorial Golf Tournament on Sept. 18 at Carolina Plantation.


The tournament supports the world of the RCC Foundation in its mission to provide financial support for the school’s students, activities and programs, especially as the need for scholarship assistance rises. The tournament raised more than $22,000 and the foundation expects a record-breaking event. Registration information will be announced at a later time.


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Over the past 36 years, the Kiwanis of Robeson-Lumberton have done plenty to help children around the county. It’s an effort helped yearly by the club’s annual golf tournament, which raises money that’s given directly back to the community.


Now that the county championship tournament is over, the fundraiser, which rewards winners with coveted blue blazers, is this weekend. The 37th-annual Kiwanis All-American Golf Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday at Pinecrest Country Club.


All proceeds will directly to agencies providing support, guidance and protection to children around the county. Past funds have been used to provide clothes and shoes to students in need, help pay for counseling of children who suffered the death of a family member, paid for books for second graders and used to provide Christmas gifts and scholarships to area youth. Money has also been donated to numerous organizations that help local youth.


Played as two-man best ball, the tournament is open to all golfing amateurs ages 21 and older. There is a $200 entry fee, which include breakfast and lunch each day, as well as greens and cart fees, range balls and other gifts. The field is limited to 90 teams and registration was due Aug. 13. Sponsorships start at $100 and any sponsorship of $500 or more includes a team entry.


For information and to register, call William Gentry or Owen Thomas. Gentry can be reached at 910-740-8853 or wgentry76@gmail.com. Thomas can be reached at 910-521-9090 or owen@dialinsurancenc.com.


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J.T. Powers and Richard Lowery won the championship flight of Tuesday’s senior shootout, beating Tim Moore and Ricky Rogers.


First flight winners were Delton Burns and Harry Emanuel, who finished ahead of John Lahey and Al Wall. James Belch and Tommy Belch won the second flight, with Layton Britt and Tommy Newberry taking second. Special event winners were Wayne Hardwick, Richard Moore, J. D. Revels and Ron Hughes.


The next senior shootout will be held Tuesday with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Call the pro shop for information and registration at 910-628-9931.


Submit golf news and notes to Scott Schlaufman at sschlaufman@gmail.com or call 910-272-6111. Deadline is Friday at 5 p.m. for the following Sunday’s publication.


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