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357 Golf Rounds Posted in 365 Days

Jim Ludden

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (January 11, 2016) -- Forty-one golfers in the Carolinas posted at least 250 scores during 2015. The top score posters are listed below. We caught up with a few of them to find out how they manage to play so many rounds of golf. 

Jim Ludden, a member of Belfair Golf Club in Bluffton, S.C. led the way for all CGA members with 357 scores posted. Mr. Ludden has been retired for the past six years. He made a deal with his wife, Laurel (a former golfer at Nebraska), that while she is still working he would take care of the cooking, laundry, shopping, etc. Each weekday after his wife leaves for work, the 61-year-old Ludden does house chores until 10am when he takes the short drive from their house at Belfair to the golf course. He tees off between 10 and 1pm, then comes home to get dinner going and a glass of wine ready for his wife. During daylight savings time they might play 18 holes together after work once or twice a week. On the weekends, they play 36 holes together.

Mo Spada

Mo Spada, of Sea Trail Golf Association in Sunset Beach, N.C., posted 275 scores in 2015, the most among female Carolinians. This year the 60-year-old Spada repeated as Sea Trail Ladies Club Champion. A retired librarian/teacher from NY, she and her husband, Rick, live on the Maples Course at Sea Trail. Rick posted 208 scores last year. They love the lasting friendships they have made with other golfers on the course.

Mary Jane Knight, from Belfair Golf Club, tied with for the second-most scores posted among female members. The 64-year-old Knight was able to post 243 scores without playing more than 18 holes in a day. The retired Knight enjoys playing early in the day, leaving time for errands in the afternoon. The majority of her rounds are played at her home course, but as a member of the Lowcountry Women's Golf Association, she participates in events at other area courses. Also posting 243 scores in 2015 was Jayne Becker of Midland Valley Country Club in Graniteville, S.C.  The 66-year-old retiree walks the golf course at least five times a week.

While they spend a lot of time on the golf course, these CGA members also find time to give back to their communities. Mary Jane Knight volunteers with Palmetto Animal League, a local shelter. Jayne Becker volunteers at Hospice three times weekly and sings in her church choir. 

Not sure how many rounds you posted in 2015? Using the GHIN system, you can view the number of scores from the last 12 months in the 'Stats' portion of the mobile app and the 'Find a Round' area of eGolfer

Are these CGA members golf-addicts? Mr. Ludden gives a good summary of his passion for the game, "If I'm not golfing then I'm thinking about my swing." After Mo Spada answers our questions, she signed off by saying, "Off to play 9!"

2015's Top Male Score Posters in the Carolinas

NAME ROUNDS CLUB NAME
  JIM LUDDEN 357 BELFAIR GOLF CLUB
  ROB SHELDON 341 FOXFIRE RESORT & GOLF
  JERRY BERNDT 335 DOLPHIN HEAD GOLF CLUB
  TOM O'HALLORAN 333 GOLF CLUB AT WESCOTT PLTN
  BRIAN KENNERLY 331 COUNTRY CLUB OF SALISBURY
  BEN SHOAF 326 CC OF SPARTANBURG/BURLINGAME CC
  JOE CARTER 311 DEERCROFT GOLF CLUB
  DAVID PETERS 302 BELFAIR GOLF CLUB
  SCOTT BERRY 302 CHAPEL RIDGE GOLF CLUB

 

2015's Top Female Score Posters in the Carolinas

NAME ROUNDS CLUB NAME
  MO SPADA 275 SEA TRAIL GOLF ASSOCIATION
  MARY KNIGHT 243 BELFAIR GOLF CLUB
  JAYNE BECKER 243 MIDLAND VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB
  WANDA ELMORE 234 DATAW ISLAND CLUB
  CLAUDIA PETERS 231 BELFAIR GOLF CLUB
  DEBBIE WEBB 217 BERKELEY HALL CLUB
  BUD HUBER 216 DATAW ISLAND CLUB
  LYNN MCQUAY 211 BERKELEY HALL CLUB
  CARRIE DILLARD 207 RESERVE CLUB AT WOODSIDE PLTN.
  WENDY DUNNAN 207 YEAMANS HALL CLUB
 

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