Goshen Plantation Golf Club is trying life without a head professional.
The south Augusta club has no plans to replace Anthony Graham, who left the position in early July after less than seven months on the job.
Instead of a head pro, Paul Jones, one of the club's assistant pros, has been promoted to assistant manager. Jones, who has been at Goshen since April, is in charge of golf operations for the club, which is owned by American Golf Corp.
"We're going to keep the status quo right now," said Brian Hadden, Goshen general manager. "Everything is permanent until it changes. I thought for sure Anthony would be here for a while, but some things happened and he had to move on with his career."
The current setup "is something that is going to last for awhile," Hadden said.
Two of the three Goshen shop assistants are sons of Goshen members. The other one, Jim Reid, is the older brother of former Goshen head pro and current Augusta Golf Club head pro Guy Reid. The other shop assistants are Travis Nash (the son of Bob Nash) and Augusta State golfer Jamie Felder (son of Richard Felder).
Goshen's changes aren't limited to the pro shop. The Ellis Maples golf course is in the best shape it has been in for years, and the course no longer has monthly dues for members.
Rather, golfers pay a one-time yearly fee, which includes cart fee for every round. There are four membership levels, including one for non-seniors at $1,600 a year and another for seniors 55-over at $1,280 a year.
PALMER CUP: The second annual Palmer Cup, pitting top collegians from the U.S. against a team from Great Britain-Ireland, was retained by the U.S. recently in Scotland. Though the teams tied at 12-12 at the Old Course and New Course in St. Andrews, the U.S. kept the cup by virtue of its 19-5 victory in the matches last year at the Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Fla.
/ Bryce Molder, a rising sophomore at Georgia Tech, had a sink a 7-foot par putt on the final hole to halve his singles match with Max Harris and allow the U.S. to retain the cup.
One area golfer played for each team. Augusta's Charles Howell had a 1-3-0 record and Robert Duck, an Englishmen who is a rising sophomore on the Augusta State team, was 2-2. One match pitted Howell and Duck against each other. Duck and Luke Donald defeated Howell, a rising sophomore at Oklahoma State, and Jeremy Anderson 1-up in a foursome match.
Howell's lone victory came in the afternoon singles matches on the final day when he defeated Graham Maly 1-up. Duck lost his afternoon singles match to Georgia Tech's Matt Kuchar 1-up.
NO. 1: Aiken golfer Matt Hendrix is ranked No. 1 in the latest South Carolina Junior Golf Association's BB&T rankings. Hendrix, who finished tied for 38th in last week's Independent Insurance Agent Junior Classic in Okla., has 810.3 points. He's followed by Michael Maness with 769 points. The rankings represent points earned between July 20 1997 and July 1998.
CEDAR CREEK: Mike McCarthy won the club championship by five shots over Eric Alexander. McCarthy shot a 12-over-par 156 total. Andy Hendrix (166) won the seniors division, Bernie Mayancsik (184) won the ladies division and Marc Sizemore (243) won the junior division. Kyle Young (168) won the first flight, Barry Maurer (174) won the second flight, Eddie Eddins (201) won the third flight and Ed Griffin (203) won the fourth flight.
JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPS: Jeff Goff and Mason McKnight were the winners of their respective junior club championships. Goff shot 74-75 -- 149 to win the Woodside Plantation title and McKnight shot 80-74 -- 154 to win the Augusta Country Club title. At Woodside, Joel McAlhaney (37-41 -- 78) won the 12-14 age group and Jayson Hinkson (46-50 -- 96) won the 11-under age group. At the Augusta Country Club, Kenan Young (83-83 -- 166) won the 12-14 age group for 36 holes and Wallace Palmer (38-44) won that age group for 18 holes. In the 9-11 age group, Michael Green (37-38 -- 75) won the nine-hole division and Ted Mulherin (43-48 -- 91) won the six-hole division. Justin Taylor 28-18 -- 46) won the 8-under, four-hole division.