Oh, Baby! Skinns Wins SLV Classic

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

By Greg K. Deal
Shorelines Magazine Editor & Publisher

McCORMICK, S.C. – David Skinns has seen his world come full circle in Savannah Lakes Village.

The NGA Pro Golf Tour player met his wife in Savannah Lakes through friends of his tournament hosts, Bob and Carol Wieboldt, in 2009. Skinns, whose wife gave birth to a baby boy 2 1/2 weeks ago, has been busy with just about everything else but golf recently. He said his expectations were low for a victory in the SLV Classic because he hadn’t practiced much.

Oh, baby, was he wrong!

Skinns took advantage on the final day Sunday – when leader Brian Richey, of Lakeland, Fla., stumbled – and posted a 5-under-par 67 to win by a stroke over Richey and capture the $15,000 top prize. Skinns finished 13 under par for the tournament.

Richey entered the final round after sizzling early rounds, but he stumbled early on Sunday with a triple bogey on No. 5, then had his ball move for an unfortunate penalty stroke on No. 16 down the stretch. He was 2 over on the day. Meanwhile, Skinns kept on plodding his way through the course, making a plethora of birdies and even an eagle on the par-5 11th on a day when few others were carding low scores on the wind-blown, firm greens at the beautiful Monticello course at Lake Thurmond.


David Skinns waves his hat to acknowledge the cheering crowd on the 18th green Sunday after the final round of the Savannah Lakes Village Classic in McCormick, S.C. (Greg K. Deal photo)

Skinns, of Suwanee, Ga., started his day six strokes back of Richey, who entered the final round at 14 under.

“I kinda knew that, up to a point, it didn’t really matter what I did because Brian had such a big lead starting the day over me; so, I knew he had to come back to me,” Skinns said. “So, for the first 15 holes, I just tried to make as many birdies as I could and then see where it put me on the last few. The last few holes were playing pretty hard, so it was nice to see I had a lead coming down to the last couple (of holes).”

This was Skinns’ eighth tour victory. Richey was looking for his first. Skinns has been playing in the SLV Classic since 2007, but this was his first victory at the event affectionately known as “the Masters of the NGA Tour.”

“I’ve made some really good friends here,” Skinns said. “I like the golf course. It’s just got a really nice vibe to it with the people coming out to watch and all the volunteers, and the fact that the community gets behind it so much. It’s really nice to play in that environment; so, yeah, it’s somewhere that I’ve wanted to win for a long time. It’s great to finally get it done in a week when I really didn’t expect to.”

Ken Looper, of Mandeville, La., had a strong final round, posting a 66 to finish in third at 11 under for the tournament. Jonathan Hodge, of Strawberry Plains, Tenn., finished in fourth at 10 under.

For full scores, visit the NGA Website.


Richey (-14) Hoping to Go Wire-to-Wire for Win in SLV Classic

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

By Greg K. Deal
Shorelines Magazine Editor & Publisher

McCORMICK, S.C. – Brian Richey has been in the final pairing in the final round three times this year on the NGA Pro Golf Tour.

He was tied for the lead heading into the final round in his last tournament, but one of his buddies played really well and won. Richey, of Lakeland, Fla., is hoping the fourth time is a charm for him as he aims to turn his wire-to-wire Savannah Lakes Village Classic lead into his first tour victory on Sunday at the Monticello Course in McCormick.

Richey shot a 1-under-par 71 in Saturday’s third round to get to 14 under for the tournament, three strokes ahead of Tyson Alexander, of Gainesville, Fla., who moved to within striking distance of Richey at 11 under par. Alexander, already a winner of the tour this year, shot a 3-under-par 69. Clayton Rask, of Otsego, Minn., also was 3 under on Saturday and stands at 10 under for the tournament.


Brian Richey chips out of the bunker on the 14th hole during Saturday’s third round of the SLV Classic at Monticello Golf Course in McCormick, S.C.

Three players are tied at 8 under, and three others are at 7 under.

Richey said he’s looking forward to the challenge of scoring his first win on Sunday. “I would like to play a solid round,” Richey said. “I’ve been knocking on the door several times, so, hopefully, we can get that one done tomorrow.”

Richey says he envisions himself being a winner every day when he practices. “That’s what you think about,” he said.

Richey got off to hot starts in the first two rounds, but he cooled off a bit on the third day at the beautiful lakeside course on the border of South Carolina and Georgia. “I really didn’t have any fireworks,” he said. “… just  kind of a solid round.”

He was at 3 under for the day through 11 holes – and he birdied three of the par 5s – but “then I made a couple of sloppy bogeys coming in,” he said. “One of them was a good shot. It just ended up in a bad spot. The other was kind of my fault. I didn’t really hit a good shot. But (only) three bogeys for a week out here is pretty good.”

Richey said the greens are firm and you “have to be in good control of your golf ball, and you gotta be able to grind. You’ve gotta be battling on every shot when you have greens like this.”

Richey said he wasn’t playing too conservatively and wasn’t doing much scoreboard watching.

“I would say I was still trying to swing aggressively, but I might have taken a couple of more conservative lines on a couple of holes,” he said.

The wind picked up on the back nine, and Richey counted that into his approach; however, he said he thought he “played it tough.”

“I just didn’t see many birdies today,” he said. “After the first 12 or 13 holes, the greens were so firm you had to be precise to get the ball close to the hole. I was pleased. I certainly didn’t play my best golf today, but I grinded out a good round under par, so I’m definitely happy about that.”

Richey knows he has the experience of being near the front of the pack, but he said it still won’t be easy closing out with a victory.

“People are trying to come get you,” he said. “You just have to stay focused on each shot that you’re hitting, stick to your routines, stick to your game plan, and just go about things the same way.”

And he won’t be scoreboard watching too much on Sunday, either.

“The majority of the round, you’ve got to go handle your business,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what the other groups are doing until that last hole or two.”

Visit the NGA Website for full scores, scorecards and Sunday tee times.



Richey (-13) Extends Lead in SLV Classic

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

By Greg Deal
Shorelines Editor & Publisher

MCCORMICK, S.C. – Brian Richey said after posting a first-round 66 that there was still a long way to go in the NGA Tour’s Savannah Lakes Village Classic. That “long way” is starting to look a bit shorter now.

It helps when you can string birdies together in trios, too.


Brian Richey

Richey, of Lakeland, Fla., posted a 65 on Friday in the second round of the tournament at the Monticello club to extend his lead to four strokes. He sits at 13 under par, ahead of Jonathan Hodge and J.C. Horne, who are both tied at 9-under for the tournament.

No one is getting too comfortable, though. Good weather and a pristine course are offering many chances for birdies and a few eagles – and no lead is safe when the course is this inviting.

Richey started the second round with a birdie then birdied the par-5 third before giving a stroke back on the par-3 fourth. It was his first bogey of the tournament. His big move came at the 9th, 10th and 11th. He birdied all three holes, and added birdies on the 15th and 17th.

The Classic is being played through Sunday on the beautiful lakeside Monticello course in Savannah Lakes Village, which borders South Carolina and Georgia. The projected cut was at 1-under, with 35 players above the line. Tee times for the third round start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, with the leaders teeing off later that morning.

Visit for tee times and complete scoring, plus scorecards for all players, and precise tee times.

To see a day full of pictures from Round 2, visit Shorelines Magazine’s Flickr page HERE.

Hodge, from Strawberry Plains, Tenn., matched Richey’s 65 on Friday. Coupled with his 70 from Thursday, he stands four strokes back with Horne, of Jacksonville, Fla., who shot a 68 on Friday to go with Thursday’s 67.

Tyson Alexander (Gainesville, Fla.), who already has a tour win this year, is at 8 under par, and Clayton Rask, of Ostego, Minn., is alone at 7-under. Rask had one of the most exciting plays of the day, driving the par-4 7th to within five feet of the pin and then sinking his putt for an eagle.

Two players are tied at 6-under, and there is a major logjam at 5-under, with eight players tied for the spot. Six more players are tied at 4-under. Greenwood, S.C., native Vince Hatfield is among those at 4-under.


Tyson Alexander

Kevin Hall, a deaf player on the tour, is among those tied at 5-under. Hall is a big favorite among Savannah Lakes Village faithful. He has participated in leading the Junior Golf Clinic for area youths for several years. The clinic takes place during the weeklong buildup to tournament play.


Savannah Lakes Village Names CFO

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

From Kirk Smith
GM/Chief Operating Officer

We are pleased to introduce Mr. James Sparks of Aiken, SC, as the new Chief Financial Officer for Savannah Lakes Village.

James has over 30 years of diverse executive management experience including financial, business operations, corporate legal liaison, marketing, and business development. He also has comprehensive understanding of business systems and practices supporting retail operations including point of sales, inventory control, product design, procurement, and manufacturing.

James started his career as a CPA at Elliott Davis, LLC where he worked extensively with real estate developers and contractors. He then moved on and became the Chief Financial Officer at the National Wild Turkey Federation where he served in that role for 17 years. While he was at the National Wild Turkey Federation, James led the internal process change on behalf of the executive management team resulting in an annual budget from $15 million to over $61 million and from 45 employees to over 270 employees.

James was our top candidate in the initial CFO search last summer, after the retirement of then long-term CFO Larry Dinkins. At that time, however, James was not able to commit to a full time position and our search continued.

After Steve Baughman (recent CFO) resigned in late February to be with his family in Atlanta, we reached out to James to see if his situation had changed. After many meetings regarding the new direction of SLV, growth projections, and top priorities for 2014 and beyond, we were pleased to find that James was committed, passionate about the challenge of our 2014 goals/short term objectives, and was personally a solid fit within our stated Operational Core Values.

James is excited about bringing his talents and experience to the Savannah Lakes Village Team. James commented, “I’m excited about the challenge of supporting the community’s new direction for attracting growth and supporting our leadership team to plan and prepare operations for meeting growth and financial targets.”

James will join our team on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Tentative plans are to formally introduce James Sparks and Tricia Benning (new chef already on the team) at the May 22 Town Hall meeting. In the meantime, please join us in welcoming these new members of Team SLV when you see them around the community.


Brian Richey (-6) Leads NGA Tour Event at Savannah Lakes

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

By Greg Deal
Shorelines Editor & Publisher

MCCORMICK, S.C. – Brian Richey has put up some low scores this year and come close to winning a couple of tournaments, finishing in third place twice.

ImageThe NGA Tour player went low again Thursday, posting a 6-under-par 66 in a bogey-free first round to take sole possession of the lead at the Savannah Lakes Village Classic in McCormick, S.C.

Richey knows he has plenty of work ahead and plans to stay grounded.

“This is a long tournament,” said Richey, a Florida Southern University graduate and Lakeland, Fla., native. “I got off to a solid start, but I’ve got to play three more rounds.”

The Classic is being played Thursday through Sunday on the beautiful lakeside Monticello course in Savannah Lakes Village, which borders South Carolina and Georgia. The tournament is affectionately known as “the Masters of the NGA Tour.” It consistently rates atop the player favorites.

Richey, who holds a one-stroke lead over a trio of golfers who are at 5 under, had 33s on the front and back nines. He started his day on the back nine and got off to a blistering beginning, birdying the par-4 10th and the par-5 11th. He also birdied the par-4 13th. He birdied holes 3, 5 and 8 on the front nine.

“The golf course is in great shape,” Richey said. “The ball is running well in the fairways. There are plenty of birdies to be made.”

Richey has been inconsistent, at times, in opening rounds, generally starting slow and finishing strong. This time he decided to see how things looked from the front. The 66 is his second-lowest round of the season. He had a 65 in the first round at Sapelo Hammock.

Richey will have plenty of competition, as Tyson Alexander (University of Florida) winner of the event at Ocala, is among a trio of golfers at 5 under. Alexander, of Gainesville, Fla., is currently third in the NGA Tour money list standings. Also at 5 under are J.C. Horne (University of North Florida/Jacksonville, Fla.) and Daniel Obremski, of Irwin, Pa. This is an especially good start for Obremski, who has failed to make the cut in all but one event this season.

Five players are tied at 4 under. In all, 16 players are within four shots of the lead heading into Friday’s second round.

Friday tee times start at 7:30 a.m. at the first and 10th tees.

For full scores and a look at the leaderboard, visit


SLV Classic ProAm

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

From Barb Shelley and Jim Staggs

Jim Staggs and I want to thank the over fifty volunteers who helped us to make this year’s Lakelands Orthopaedic ProAm Clinic the best ever! It absolutely amazed us that the winds were hallowing, the rain was pouring and yet every single volunteer was there. Special thanks to those men who were there from eight in the morning to eight at night doing every job imaginable and then asking what else you could do!! I could not believe it when I pulled up and there you were! We had more outside teams this year and they commented on the friendliness of our residents!

Thank you also to our staff. We particularly have to thank Bob McIntosh for his patience. This year was particularly difficult with the weather predictions. At one point, the weather looked so bleak we decided to move the putting contest into the ProShop. Before you knew it, Bob had cleared the ProShop and was taping off the floor. Thank you to Bob and Ginnie Timok for doing a professional job with smiles!

SYSCO was our food sponsor and provided the box lunches (with home made cookies!) and the best ProAm dinner yet! Everyone was raving about the mushroom sauce on the pork medallions but I have to tell you that spicy mango sauce on the grilled chicken breasts was to die for! Thank you to Chef Tricia Benning for her creativity and skills. Thank you also to Justin Maynard and his staff for their hard work and courteous service! I did not hear anything but raves all around!

Once the “bag boys” got the clubs on the cars, and the smiling girls at registration greeted everyone, the day started with the Lee Builders’ Putting Contest. John Stoddard ran the event and I have to tell you, up until the minute it started, he was literally running between the ProShop and the putting green, trying to figure out Mother Nature’s plan for the day! In the end, he opted for the putting green and it worked perfectly! Clay Antonakus and Carrie Phillips of Lee Builders, presented $250 to Ray Tarnosky, the winner of the 2014 Putting Contest!

Oh, did I mention that in the middle of all this confusion, we lost power in the ProShop? It would have been a “challenging” putt in the ProShop to say the least!

Bob gave the instructions and we were on the way by one o’clock, as planned. The “Beer Babes” came around all day with beer, soda and water, which was nice feature! Thanks to those who let us store supplies at their houses so our ladies did not have to go back to the ProShop. Thanks to our photography crew, every participant got a picture of their team! One of the Pros posted theirs on their website! When we got to the Par Threes, there were two more friendly volunteers witnessing for the Hole-in-One and Closest-to-the-Pin contests. No one won the $10,000 sponsored by David A. Crotts & Associates !

The Godbys came up four hours early at the last minute to set up the raffle table in case of rain, and they were still there when we got done golfing, helping THOSE WHO WON find their gifts. ( The reason for the capitals is that for twelve years of buying raffle tickets, I have never won a single prize.. and this year was no exception!)

After dinner, Bob presented the following prizes.

First Place Team ($100 each) From Augusta Linen.. Randy Tucker, Brett Pritchard, Logan Tucker, Harrison Mohr. Their pro was Wesley Graham.Randy is the man who brings us our tent each year. Many went out to watch them and it was reported they all can all hit over 280 yards. Heard some amazing stories, they came in at twenty under with a 52!

There were two teams not far behind with 55. Bob reported that the scores of these two teams were so close that he had to go to the last hole to break the tie!

The second place team, which each got $75 each, were PJ Poore (Hole-in-One Sponsor), James Poore, Chris Clem, Lowery Wilson and the Pro was Sam Ryder. PJ let us know that this was the second year in a row with the second place, so Randy better watch out next year!

The third place winner (playoff on the card), also with a 55, was the McCormick County Team consisting of Byron Thompson, George Patrick, Pete Shumway and Joe Todd. Their pro was Jarrod Barsamian. They all received $50.

The Closest-to-the-Pin results were:
Dr. Christian won a four- man guided fishing trip by Capt Mark Crawford (6′ 6″ on hole four)
PJ Poore won a SLVC Wilson Carry Bag sponsored by SLV (15’5″ on hole eight)
Harrison Mohr won a SLVC Wilson Carry Bag sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens (5’7″ on hole twelve)
Ross Trulock won a SLVC Wilson Carry Bag sponsored by SLV (30’12” on hole sixteen)

Jim and I need to also thank John Franklin for his support. We “forgot” we needed more tee markers and John cut and painted them for us at the last minute! He came to both of us on numerous occasions to see if we needed anything . The course showed the work he and his crew had done to prepare. By the way, John and his crew were out there with lights on their machinery late last night getting ready for today as soon as we finished yesterday. We are lucky to have such a dedicated crew at Monticello!

It was an incredible day yesterday, thanks to so many of you, we appreciate the support of our committee, our staff and our volunteers!


Self Regional Recognized for Patient Safety Excellence

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2014 by lakelandsmemories

The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) today announced that Self Regional Healthcare is a recipient of the South Carolina “Certified Zero Harm Award,” to recognize excellent performance in patient safety.

Certified Zero Harm Awards are given when a hospital records no preventable hospital-acquired infections of a specific nature during a certain period of time. The data is then independently verified by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). The awards are presented at statewide SCHA meetings twice each year. 

Self Regional was recognized for achieving no surgical site infections for the health system’s hip replacement surgeries over a 12-month period. The South Carolina Hospital Association presented the award to Nancy Lumley, Infection Prevention Coordinator for Self Regional Healthcare.


Infection Prevention Coordinator Nancy Lumley from Self Regional Healthcare is presented a Zero Harm Award from the South Carolina Hospital Association’s Dr. Rick Foster at a recent meeting in Columbia.

“We have worked diligently as a team to create a culture of safety at Self Regional, and have implemented the Safe Surgery checklist before any procedure is done,” said Lumley. “From 2012 to 2013, our efforts have really paid off—we were able to cut our infection rate in half.”

The award is part of the association’s efforts to guide and support the state’s hospitals in creating and sustaining highly reliable health care – meaning patient care that is dependable, high quality and safe over a long period of time, similar to the consistent results achieved by other high-consequence industries such as aviation and nuclear power.

“We feel that publicly celebrating hospitals that have reached the milestone of zero infections within a given time frame is a crucial part of our collective journey to highly reliable health care,” said Rick Foster, MD, senior vice president for Quality and Patient Safety, South Carolina Hospital Association.

For more information on the SCHA Certified Zero Harm Award please contact Rick Foster, MD, senior vice president for quality and patient safety, South Carolina Hospital Association, at 803.744.3538 or For media inquiries please contact Amanda Brasier at (864) 725-4218.

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