13th annual Wexford Intercollegiate

Wexford hosted the 13th annual Wexford Intercollegiate Tournament on Sunday, February 25 – Tuesday, February 27. The three-day tournament began with a Collegiate Am on Sunday, followed by 36-holes over the next two days. Participating schools include Akron, Charleston Southern, Cleveland State, Davidson, Dartmouth, Dayton, Francis Marion, Furman, Gardner-Webb, University of Georgia, High Point, Memphis, Mercer, Presbyterian, Radford, TCU, USC-Aiken and Wofford. 

Congratulations to Texas Christian University for their victory in this year’s event by one shot over University of Georgia. They bested an 18 team field that included Georgia, Gardner-Webb, USC-Aiken and Wofford.

In the individual competition, Stephan Mazzoli won with a three day total of 206 (-10). Stephan shot a new course record of 65 (-7) in tough conditions on Tuesday. Congratulations!!

Check out the article featured in The Island Packet.

All the stats for the event can be found at golfstat.com.

12th Annual Wexford Intercollegiate

Wexford Plantation hosted the 12th annual Wexford Intercollegiate Tournament on Sunday, February 26 through Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  The three-day Intercollegiate began with a Collegiate Pro Am event on Sunday, followed by tournament play on Monday and Tuesday.

Participating schools included Gardner-Webb, Winthrop, USC- Aiken, Radford, Akron University, Cleveland State, Francis Marion, Mercer, High Point, Wofford College, Davidson College, Dayton, Eastern Kentucky, Presbyterian College, Oakland, Siena College, Dartmouth and Hartford.

Congratulations to Gardner-Webb for taking home the win with a final score of 882. Congratulations to first place individual finisher, Myles Creighton (Radford), with a final score of 212, and second place individual finisher, Vincent Blanchette (Gardner-Webb), with a final score of 215.

Team Results

Individual Results

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Congratulations Gardner-Webb University!

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Pictured from left to right: Myles Creighton & Vincent Blanchette

Golf Tip: Recreate Consistent Bunker Shots

Coach’s Corner with James Scales, First Assistant golf Professional

One of the toughest aspects of Bunker Shots is returning the club back to the sand consistently through impact. To practice taking the same amount of sand every time when hitting bunker shots, try the “Line Drill.”  Draw a line in the bunker and take your normal bunker stance with your weight leaning into your lead (front) foot.

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Start making golf swings, moving down the line as you do. Check to see where your club is connecting with the sand after each swing and ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Are my divots in the sand starting before, on, or after the line?
  2. Are my divots consistently starting before, on, or after the line?

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The club should contact the sand directly on the line and the divot should follow. Make practice swings in the sand until you see yourself consistently connecting with the sand right on the line. When you find yourself hitting the line consistently, place golf balls in the sand about an inch in front of the line and practice hitting bunker shots. Make sure you are still connecting with the sand right on the line.

When practicing this, you should find yourself hitting consistent bunker shots.

Golfweek’s Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in the U.S.

We are proud to announce that for the fourth consecutive year, Wexford’s Arnold Palmer Signature Course was recognized as one of the Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in the U.S. by Golfweek. The announcement is featured in their annual “Ultimate Guide to Golf Course Living & Great Escapes.” 

To view the complete list, visit Golfweek.com.

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Remembering a Legend, Arnold Palmer

On October 20, 2011, in conjunction with Arnold Palmer’s return to the island for the grand opening of Wexford’s Arnold Palmer Signature Course, Hilton Head Island Mayor Drew Laughlin proclaimed the day to be “Arnold Palmer Day.”

According to Mayor Laughlin, “Our town and community are committed to excellence in all that we do…and nothing exemplifies this better than Arnold Palmer and Wexford’s new golf course.

That day was incredibly special to all here at Wexford, as we greeted Palmer and welcomed him into our community. As we look back at his life, we cherish the time he spent here, and will cherish those memories for forever.

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Wexford’s PGA Junior League

Hilton Head area PGA Junior Leagues garnered some national attention this week, as Harrison Mancill (representing the Country Club of Hilton Head) and John Berrigan (representing Wexford Plantation, coached by our very own James Scales!) both hit a hole-in-one last Friday on the SAME hole in the Junior League final match at the Country Club of Hilton Head. The two boys, ages 13 and 10, had back-to-back holes in one on the 89-yard, par-3 fifth hole.

According to the National Hole in One Registry, the odds of two players from the same foursome acing the same hole are 17 million to one.

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Not only did these two players receive recognition locally in the Island Packet, the story was also picked up by the PGA AND the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. Congratulations to both players!

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Island Packet Accolades

And the winner goes to…

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IPWe are proud to announce that Wexford Plantation was recognized in the 2016 Island Packet Readers’ Choice Awards for:

– Best Tennis Club
– Best Racquet Club
– Best Tennis Pro, Patrick Mason

(who’s been with us for over 20 years!)

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Best Golf Holes_2016The Island Packet received over 6,000 votes for “The Best 18 Golf Holes on Hilton Head Island.” We are excited to announce that No. 9. 15, 17 & 18 were voted into the top rankings.


Thank you to all who voted in the recent Island Packet surveys!

About the Island Packet: The Island Packet is the leading news and information sources for the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Wexford Goes to Scotland, ‘Home of Golf’

Earlier this month our Director of Golf, Scott Hunter, and 11 Wexford members traveled across the country to Scotland for an unforgettable golf trip!  They  started in noretheast Scotland in the city of Inverness, where they played Nairn (ranked No. 11 in the list of ‘Top 100 Courses in Scotland 2015’ by Golf World Magazine), Royal Dornoch (ranked No. 5 in the world and No. 1 in Scotland by Golf Digest 2016) and Castle Stuart.  Later in the week they topped off their at Gullane and North Berwick.  It was truly a Golfer’s Dream Trip!!  Our Golf Staff is already planning next year’s international trip…

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Wexford Intercollegiate

Wexford Plantation hosted the 11th annual Wexford Intercollegiate Tournament on Sunday, February 21st through Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016. The three-day tournament began with a Collegiate Pro Am (Sunday) followed by 36-Holes (over Monday and Tuesday).

Participating schools included Francis Marion, Akron University, Austin Peay State, Belmont University, Campbell University, Depaul University, Cleveland State, Gardner-Webb University, Oakland University, Presbyterian College, Radford University, University of Dayton, University of Louisville, University of South Carolina- Aiken, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Western Carolina University and Wofford College.

Congratulations to Campbell University for taking home the win with a final score of 847.  Congratulations to first place individual finisher, Andrew Novak (Wofford College), with a final score of 203, and second place individual finisher, Johnson Holliday (S. Carolina – Aitken), with a final score of 205.

According to Scott Hunter, Wexford’s Director of Golf, “It was a great three days of golf.  Three players tied for the course record low of 66, and we had the lowest team score for this tournament to date.  Great weather and great golf – there’s really not much more you could ask for.”

Team Results
Player Results

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Congratulations to Ron Ruzic/Ed Marcella and Radford College for winning the Pro Am on Sunday, Feb. 21st!

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Andrew Novak (Wofford College)

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Johnson Holliday (S. Carolina – Aitken)

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Pro’s Tip- Stop Hitting Yourself

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Head Golf Professional, Casey Jones

Ever pay attention to how much you use your wrist while chipping?  One of the most common flaws in chipping, putting and even full swing is the overuse of your wrist in the impact zone.

Test yourself: take an alignment stick from the driving range and stick it into the butt end of a sand wedge, allowing about two feet of the stick to hang out. Now, starting with the stick against your left side, take a few small swings. If the stick hits you in the left side during the follow-through, your wrist is being too active (a flaw that is very common and leads to short-game misery). Make sure the left wrist remains rigid as the clubface passes through the impact zone. Practicing this drill will force you to keep your hands/upper body moving through the impact zone and produce better contact and consistency.

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