Sports briefs for June 1st-7th

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Photo above: From left are the 66th Annual South Carolina Open Tournament Director Cory Armstrong; Yamaha sponsor Rep. JT Carney; winner, Tate Hoisington; Dataw Island Director of Golf Dave Britton; and Dataw Island Head Golf Pro Josh May. Photo provided.


Amateur winner at South Carolina Open

Amateur Tate Hoisington of Hilton Head Island won the 66th Annual South Carolina Open, a Carolinas PGA Section event held at Dataw Island and presented by Yamaha Golf Cars. 

Peter Skirpstas, of Jacksonville, N.C., came in second overall and won the first place professional division prize.

After days of rain delays, tournament officials decided to conclude the tournament at the completion of 36 holes. Another afternoon rain delay left two groups awaiting the weather to break long enough to allow them to complete their rounds, with the possibility of a playoff buzzing throughout the Clubhouse, with three leaders in the Clubhouse tied at 2 under: Ray Franz, of Mount Pleasant, (pro); Johnson Holliday, of Aynor (amateur); and Matt O’Quinn, of Beaufort, who is a member of the Dataw Island Club.

Around 4:30, the groups were given the green light to complete their rounds with amateur Tate Hoisington finishing at 140 for first. Skirpstas, competing in the same group, finished at 142, while the trio of Franz, Holliday, and O’Quinn finished in third. 

In an interview with Yamaha’s JT Carney following the round, Hoisington said that the Dataw Island superintendents and golf maintenance team did a great job of maintaining the course, even with several inches of rain falling each day.

“It was fantastic,” Hoisington said. “The greens were perfect. And, the course surprisingly wasn’t that wet. It was phenomenal. All things considered, it was great!”

The event was sponsored by Yamaha, 2 UNDR, Premier Golf Services, and True Temper and was played on Dataw’s Cotton Dike course, a Tom Fazio design.


Beaufort River Swim to be held June 10

The 11th Annual Beaufort River Swim will be held starting at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10.

There will be two races and check-in for both will be from 6:30-7:30 a.m. at the downtown Beaufort Marina dock.

A 3.2 mile race begins at 8 a.m. (approximate due to tide) at the Port Royal Landing Marina dock.

A Fun Swim begins after all swimmers in the competitive race pass the Beaufort Memorial hospital dock. All swimmers will be bused by the Y to their respective starting location.

Proceeds benefit the YMCA of Beaufort’s Learn to Swim program.



Jigging techniques, more at club meeting

The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s May meeting will be held on Thursday, June 15, at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club located on Lady’s Island off of Meridian Road. 

The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.              

The topics will be Spanish mackerel and blue fish. 

Local Capt. Christopher Mattson, of Mattson Charter Service, will discuss jigging techniques with various lures and favorite locations of choice and tides. Capt. Frank Gibson, III will also discuss the use of planers and spoons.

In related new, Lenoard Conapinski won the monthly $50 weigh-in drawing sponsored by Chris Butler at Butler Marine.

Guests are welcome; reservations are not necessary. 

For additional information, contact Capt. Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or email


Flag football getting ready to kick off

YMCA Adult Flag Football (age 18 and up) registration is open through Monday, June 26. The season will be held from July 9-Aug. 22. The cost is $300 for a team; $55 for individuals who are Y members; $65 for nonmembers.

For more information, call 843-522-9622 or email Register at the Y in Port Royal or at


American Legion baseball gets underway

American Legion Beaufort Post 9 is once again fielding both Senior and Junior Legion baseball teams. 

All regular games begin at 7 p.m. and are open to the public. Doubleheader games are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

At home, the Ospreys play at the Beaufort High School baseball field. 

For a full schedule, visit

The George Miller American Legion Beaufort Post 9 Ospreys Alumni Game is Sunday, June 4, beginning with a cookout at about noon, a program honoring Miller and others followed by the game beginning by 2 p.m. pitting recent and current Osprey team members against alums from many past years. The public is invited to attend.

The baseball complex at Beaufort High has been upgraded with a new, large scoreboard, a new flagpole, reworked warning track and new fence curtains.