The Golf Capital Invitational deserved a better sendoff from area players.
Spike Kelley is like a kid with a new toy. Make that a kid with an expensive new toy. The former PGA Tour player and his partner, Richard Finley, recently bought Goshen Plantation Golf Club from American Golf Corp. for $1.8 million. The 54-year-old Kelley, who played on the PGA Tour from 1973-79 and won the 1975 Buick Open, has big plans for the south Augusta course. "It's an absolute gem," said Kelley, who moved from Shawnee, Okla., to be the co-owner/head pro at Goshen. Finley will stay in Oklahoma.
Twenty-seven. The number will always stick in the mind of Goshen Plantation Golf Club co-owner and head pro Spike Kelley.
GRANITEVILLE - Mike Jackson has beaten up on all the regulars this year in the Regions Cup's senior division. They returned Saturday for the first round of the Midland Valley Senior Invitational, and so did a new rival with a near-legendary past.
Mike Kerbelis III might be the best area golfer the general public's never heard of.
Regions Cup golfers will have a busy summer starting in mid-July.
After a four-year absence, Goshen Plantation Golf Club is expected to be back in the Regions Cup golf tournament series this season. Goshen, which played host to the Golf Capital Invitational for 27 years, has been without a Regions Cup event since the tournament moved to Midland Valley Country Club in 1998. New Goshen co-owner Spike Kelley vowed to bring the course back into the Regions Cup when he and partner Richard Finley purchased it in early October. Now, it's just a matter of ironing out one detail before it becomes a reality.
The great Cadillac Cup conflict is under way. For the first time in the 11-year history of the Cadillac Cup amateur golf series, two events -- the Palmetto Amateur and the W.M. Gregory Classic -- are being played the same weekend. The 54-hole Palmetto Amateur started things off Friday at the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken. The 36-hole W.M. Gregory Classic at the North Augusta Country Club begins today. They are the final tournaments of the eight-event series this year.