Midlands Golf Course, State’s Top Player | Acres of forest
When it comes to golf in the Columbia area, history repeats itself. For the second year in a row, a Midlands golf course is the South Carolina Golf Association’s Club of the Year. And a local player won his third straight SCGA Senior Player of the Year title.
Forest Lake Club won the prestigious statewide Club of the Year award based on its long history of going above and beyond to give back to amateur golf in the state, crowned with the Junior Championship. SC 2021, according to Biff Lathrop, Executive Director of SCGA.
“It felt like a major mini tour, including a 40ft by 60ft tent behind the 18th green, plus offsite parking lots and shuttles,” said Lathrop. “The involvement of staff and members was unmatched, with over 70 volunteers. The event had a budget of $ 90,000, most of which was raised by the club. “
The SCGA annually recognizes a member club that exemplifies its efforts to promote amateur golf in South Carolina. Columbia Country Club in Blythewood was selected for this honor last year. Forest Lake last received the award in 2008.
The senior player award is a triple for Eddie Hargett of Columbia Country Club, who also won first place in 2019 and 2020. Hargett has competed in 14 state events in 2021, finishing in the top five nine times and in the top 10 twice, including a fourth place finish at the annual SCGA Lathrop Cup. He has also enjoyed success at the national level, advancing to the knockout stages of the 2021 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship and placing second in the Senior Amateur North-South in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
“As an older, senior man it’s always an honor,” Hargett said in a SCGA press release announcing the award. “This award is more than recognition of consistency throughout the year. There are a lot of people who play golf, but there aren’t many who like to put a pencil in their pocket and follow the achievements of others.
The SCGA presented the awards at the annual South Carolina Golf Day on Saturday at the Columbia Country Club.
The SCGA was founded in 1929 and is the governing body of amateur golf in South Carolina. It has over 270 member clubs and over 50,000 individual members, and annually hosts 21 SCGA statewide championships, 59 one-day competitions, eight USGA qualifiers, seven over 40 tournaments and six special events.