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Sea Pines Country Club member Sam Mulrain of Hilton Head Island is going to take the rest of the day off.

At 97, he has finally retired from his retirement job at the Robert Trent Jones golf course. He was a starter every Thursday morning for 33 years at the course in Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
"I've retired any number of times," he said Tuesday at his apartment at The Seabrook.
He retired as a plant manager with the American Can Co. after 41 years, and as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army after 31 years of active and reserve duty. He retired after 25 years as a volunteer at the Heritage golf tournament in Sea Pines, where he was vice chairman of marshals. He retired after more than 20 years with Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity, where he served on its original steering committee. He retired from leadership positions at St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church, where he was on the building committees for the sanctuary and manse. He retired after 25 years with the island's Senior Men's Golf Association. And he has even retired from leadership with the local chapter of retired military officers. Mulrain played baseball as a kid with Phil Rizzuto and was wounded in France while serving with Patton's army. Now his wife, Mina, is gone, and so is his hearing.
But Mulrain is still sharp-witted, still cruises around in a 2011 Cadillac, and still works out four or five mornings a week at 6 a.m at the Club. He helps organize putting and shuffleboard contests.
As a boy in New City, N.Y., his father ran a shop, and he got to caddy at a private golf course built by Adolph Zukor, founder of Paramount Pictures. "I learned from these rich people what it was you had to do to get where they were," he said. "It affected my whole life. How to dress properly. How to talk properly." His goal to become successful was challenged when his father went bankrupt and the family had to move to his grandmother's house in Brooklyn. He started at the American Can Co. right out of high school as an office boy. When he retired, he was a plant manager in Memphis, Tenn. He had already bought a lot on Willow Oak Road West, and was a member of the golf club. Today, everywhere he looks he sees results of his old mantra: Stay busy. His apartment is filled with the artwork of Mina, who painted watercolors, stitched seat cushions, and specialized in delicate, framed wildflowers. For 12 years, she was in charge of the monthly displays of interesting things islanders shared at the Hilton Head library. "You can't live in the past," she said when she retired from that job to move on to another. "It's not what you were somewhere else, but what you are now." The man people know as "Sammy" is now retired. He's going to take the rest of the day off.
Or is he?
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Local Tennis Notebook, April 27: Tennis Club of Lowcountry team takes 3rd in Maui
Staff reports, sports@islandpacket.com
Published: April 27, 2014
The 9.0 Mixed Doubles 40 and over team out of Tennis club of the Lowcountry at Rose Hill finished third April 15 in the USTA Mixed National Invitational in Maui, Hawaii.
Fifty-three teams and more than 700 players across four divisions (6.0, 7.0, 8.0, and 9.0) were invited to the national tournament.
"The competition was strong and it was very close," team Captian Mike O'Regan said. "A few points kept us out of the finals, but that's tennis. We are so proud to have represented our section and proud to say we finished third in the nation."
In its opener April 11,TLC at Rose Hill fell 2-1 to Southern California. But the team bounced back to win two matches April 12 -- 3-0 over Hawaii and 2-1 against Middle States -- and win its flight to advance to the semifinals.
Facing eventual champion Pacific Northwest in the semifinals, TLC at Rose Hill lost a 2-1 heartbreaker. TLC later defeated Northern California, 2-1, to lock up third place.

Team players included O'Regan, Pat Child, Matt Wuller, Donna Bierschenk, Michele Clark, Gavin Cox and Julie Child.
Congratulations!


Sea Pines Country Club Aces 12th Annual Fundraiser


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2013 Award of Merit
Sea Pines Country Club Recipient of CMAA Award of Merit
The award was given in recognition of Sea Pines Country Club’s efforts to foster the enjoyment of fine wines through a variety of programs and marketing strategies. Recipients of the award are judged on the following criteria: Wine Selections; Wine Pricing & Sales; Wine Programs, Staffing & Administration. The award is the culmination of the efforts of the Club’s Food & Beverage Manager, Robert Parody and the Sea Pines Country Club Wine Committee. Robert, the Committee and members of the Club’s staff has worked to elevate the quality of the Club’s wine list, to increase wine sales, advance staff knowledge about wines and to provide informative, enjoyable programs that show case the Club’s outstanding food and wine products. The Club offers at least one wine specific program per month for the enjoyment of Sea Pines members and their guests.



SEA PINES COUNTRY CLUB EXPANDS MEMBER POOL
-BLUFFTON TODAY-Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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Open Membership Helping Turnaround for Hilton Head-Area Clubs
Allowing non-residents to join the area’s golf communities is now “more the rule than the exception” and a reason why rounds played in the South Carolina region inched upward last year for the first time in six years, local industry officials report.
The golf business that is a vital part of the economy for the Hilton Head, S.C. area took a big a hit during the recession as any market in the country, reports The State of Columbia, S.C., with rounds played in the region declining by about 20 percent between 2006 and 2011, according to the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, and several properties selling all or part of their land for residential or commercial redevelopment.
But last year, the number of rounds played began inching upward again, The State reported, and a noticeable trend in how clubs and golf communities are changing their business models to attract more non-resident play has led to new optimism that further gains can be made.
The golf course at Sea Pines Country Club on Hilton Head Isle, originally designed by Arnold Palmer and Frank Duane and renovated by local architect Clyde Johnston in 2001, had long been open only to the community’s residents, The State noted. But residents there recently voted to allow non-residents to be invited to join the club, making a change that had been considered for years, according to Chief Operating Officer Greg Clark.
“If you can increase your membership, it just stands to reason that you are going to see gains in revenue and improvement to the bottom line,” Clark said.
Changes in Hilton Head Island itself helped bring about the new membership rules, Clark added. As the island matured over the years, it became “more of a town than a series of developments” and it grew a sense of community that extended beyond plantation gates, he explained.
Opening the club’s membership to non-residents “goes hand in hand” with that evolution, Clark said.
In making the change, Sea Pines was following the lead of other clubs and adding to a trend that now sees open membership in the region as “more the rule than the exception,” according to Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and Director of Sports and Operations at Sea Pines, The State reported.
Only a handful of clubs in the area, including Wexford Plantation and Long Cove Club on Hilton Head and Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, still restrict membership to property owners, The State noted.


2012 - TEE IT UP FOR THE TROOPS - September 7, 2012-Scramble Format
Our Third Annual Tee It Up For The Troops event was held on September 7, 2012. Sixty Sea Pines Club Members sponsored sixty troops from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island and the Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort for a great day of golf followed by a late afternoon buffet. Sea Pines Country Club joined numerous other private and public golf courses across the nation in sponsoring a Tee it Up for the Troops charity event. Tee it up for the Troops, Inc is a non-profit organization created to help support and ease the burdens of the fallen and disabled members of our Armed Forces and their families. Military golfers received skill prizes and door prizes donated by local businesses, members and residents. Thank you to all committee members and volunteers who worked so hard to make this day special for our guests and for our Club members. All hole sponsorships, donations and proceeds above cost were sent to the National Organization. This year we raised close to $10,000.00. Well done!


FANTASY ISLAND -SEA PINES COUNTRY CLUB IN THE NEWS!
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