Mike Wilson, who has coached the men’s and women’s golf programs at Charleston Southern, has been named the new men’s golf coach at the University of Alabama Birmingham, the school announced Wednesday.

Wilson was the women’s golf coach at Charleston Southern from 2007-2009, took over the men’s team in 2009 and in 2011 was appointed director of golf, overseeing both the men’s and women’s teams.

Under Wilson, the men’s team has qualified for the NCAA Regionals the past two seasons and won the 2015 Big South Championship. The Bucs received an at-large Regional bid in 2016. The Charleston Southern women’s team won the Big South Championship in 2008 and qualified for the NCAA East Regionals.

Wilson is a 1999 CSU graduate.

Ford qualifies for Senior Am

Frank Ford III of Charleston finished second and earned one of three available slots in U.S. Senior Amateur qualifying held at Columbia Country Club. John Gibbs of Augusta shot 4-under-par 68 to edge Ford by one shot for medalist honors. Geno Berchiatti of Greenville parred the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Sean McAvoy of Johns Island and Chris Culler of Camden to earn the third spot after the trio all posted 72s. McAvoy is the first alternate. The U.S. Senior Amateur will be played Sept. 17-22 at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis.

Mount Pleasant won the Boys Championship by 13 shots over Hilton Head and Columbia in the South Carolina Junior Golf Association’s Tommy Cuthbert All Star tournament played at Seabrook Island’s Ocean Winds course. Hilton Head won the Girls Championship.

Austin Scott of Daniel Island won the Boys 13-14 age group with a two-day total of 150. Waymon Thomas of Mount Pleasant tied for second with a two-round score of 74 in the Boys 10-12 age group. Tyler Taber of Mount Pleasant was third in the Boys 7-9 age group with a score of 82.

Emma and Abigail Schimpf of Daniel Island tied for second with scores of 164 in the Girls 13-18 age group. Chris Manuel of Charleston finished second in the Girls 10-12 group with a score of 86.

Lowcountry team wins WSCGA Shootout

The Lowcountry team, captained by Lea Anne Brown of Mount Pleasant, won the Women’s South Carolina Golf Association Cross State Shootout for the second year in a row. Other Lowcountry team members included Terri Allemang, Jayne Pardus, Karen Ferree, Carol Hammond, Louise Ollson, Stacy Tomlinson and Sara Younger. The two-day tournament was played at Columbia Country Club.

Charleston Men’s Interclub

Host Wescott Golf Club had a score of 51 and edged Crowfield by one point in the Charleston Area Men’s Interclub Golf Association match. Coosaw Creek was third with 49. RiverTowne’s Bob Ryder was the top individual with 16 points. David George of Pine Forest was second with 15 and Rich DeKeukelaere of Dunes West third with 14 points.

Shadowmoss leads the yearly standings with 84 points. Crowfield is second with 77 points and Wescott third with 76.5.


Sept. 10: Legend Oaks Gives Back Golf Tournament, Legend Oaks Golf Club, $85 per player or $340 per team, visit legendoaksgolf.com (About Us tab) or call 842-821-4077 ext. 103.

Sept. 11: 17th annual VFW Post 3137 Gene Johnson Golf Tournament, Harbor Course-Wild Dunes Resort, by VFW Post, $90 per player in advance or $360 per team; $100 per player, $400 per team day of event, visit facebook.com/vfwpost3137.

Sept. 13: Gavalas Kolanko Foundation Golf Tournament, Cassique-Kiawah Island Club, visit gkfoundation.org or email [email protected]

Sept. 23: Palmetto Military Support Group Red, White and Blue Golf Tournament, Wrenwoods Golf Course-Charleston AFB, $45 individual or $180 team of four, register at palmettomilitarysupportgroup.org.

Sept. 23: Fifth annual Drive Away Childhood Cancer golf tournament benefiting Chase After a Cure, Patriots Point Links, $400 per foursome or $125 for individuals, contact Adam White at 843-695-7511 or [email protected] or visit chaseafteracure.com.

Sept. 25: Sixth annual Four Paws Golf Tournament to benefit LowCountry Animal Rescue, Summerville Country Club, $75 per player or $300 per team, call 843-821-3175 or [email protected]

Oct. 3: Medal of Honor Bowl Golf Classic, Country Club of Charleston, $1,200 per four-person team, $300 individual, visit mohbowlgolf.com or call John Ritenour at 843-475-0499.

Oct. 10: Greater Charleston Civitan Club fifth annual Tee Off 4 Disabled tournament, Crowfield Golf Club, $65 per golfer ($60 if registered by Aug. 30), contact Virginia Moore at 843-769-4230 or Frank DeLustro 803-492-9509.

Oct. 10: Second annual Salvation Army Red Shield Classic golf tournament, Shadowmoss Plantation, $400 per foursome, $125 individual, call 843-763-9881 or visit salvationarmycharleston.org.

Oct. 10: Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, Ocean Winds-Seabrook Island Club, $125 individual or $400 foursome, entry deadline Sept. 30, email [email protected] or call 843-793-1234.

Oct. 15-16: North Charleston Open Golf Tournament, Wescott Golf Club, $210 per player in Open division and $160 for Men’s Amateur, Senior Amateur and Women’s Amateur divisions, entry deadline is Oct. 8, visit wescottgolf.com or call 843-871-2135.

This artilcle first appeared in postandcourier.com