Thursday, April 19, 2018

S.C. Golf Association Looking for Newbie Golfers


Golf bag with the SCGA logo
The governing body of amateur golf in the Palmetto state is the South Carolina Golf Association. Founded in 1929 and based in Columbia, their mission is to promote and serve the game of golf. They were raising awareness for their 2018 newbie golfer campaign at the Heritage Lawn along the 18th hole at the RBC Heritage, a professional golf event. The recruitment efforts of newcomers to golf will be chronicled in their Palmetto Golfer magazine, on social media, and on golf courses all around the state.

The SCGA lists 270 golf club affiliations in S.C. with 50,000 individual members, but they also see the need to recruit newbie golfers. “Research shows that the vast majority of people who become regular golfers are introduced to the game by a family member or friend,” said SCGA President Ron Swinson. The SCGA wants to hear from golfers who manage to introduce someone new to golf, helping them to clear the hurdles of intimidation and uncertainty about how to visit a golf course and ask simple questions about the equipment required and how to get started.

The SCGA also records scores and handicaps for members from golf courses around the state, and ranks the Best 50 Courses in the Palmetto State. Kiawah Island Golf Resort and their Ocean Course sits at the number one spot and Harbour Town Golf Links is second, but several smaller destination courses round out the list, and would make worthy Lowcountry day trip golf outings. For instance, the Chechessee Creek Club in Okatie ranks #17, the Haig Point Club on DafuskieIsland ranks # 26, and the Callawassie Island Club near Spring Island ranks #49.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

2018 RBC Heritage - Satoshi Kodaira Wins

2018 RBC Heritage Winner
Japan's Satoshi Kodaira came from seven shots behind on Sunday, to tie Si Woo Kim, before going on to win the 50th RBC Heritage in a playoff. Severe weather forced tournament officials into an early start on Sunday, with tee times beginning at 7 a.m. in order to complete play early Sunday.

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Si Woo Kim finished in 2nd place - here on the 18th tee
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World #1 Dustin Johnson rips a drive off the First Tee,
the S.C. native will play here again in 2019.




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2018 Charleston Race Week - Sailing Results

Sailboat Racing on Saturday afternoon
From the Charleston Race Week PR team:
Veteran skipper Brian Porter and the Full Throttle team excelled in the heavy air conditions on Thursday and Friday en route to victory in the Melges 24 class, second-largest of the regatta with 31 entries. Andy Burdick served as tactician for Porter, who won four of eight races and placed second or third in three others in totaling 11 points – 13 better than Monsoon (Bruce Ayres, Newport Beach, CA).
Carnival Ecstasy and Charleston Race Week sailors
“Whenever I come to these regattas my primary goal is to just sail well. I’m real happy with how we performed,” said Porter, who hails from Fontana, WI. “My crew was just flawless and I can’t compliment them strongly enough. My job is really easy when everything goes so smoothly with the boat.”
Porter was particularly happy to have his son as part of the team. RJ Porter, a junior member of the College of Charleston sailing team, helped his father capture Sperry Charleston Race Week for the first time in over a decade.
“Charleston is awfully hard to beat for a big sailing regatta. There is no better venue for food and overall hospitality,” Porter said. “We love this town and it sure was a real fun time."
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

2018 RBC Heritage - 50 Years of PGA Golf in Lowcountry


The Lighthouse at Harbour Town is plaid for the 50th Heritage
Over the past 50 years the Professional Golf Association has visited Hilton Head Island in spring, resulting in traditions that are now a part of golf history. The RBC Heritage presented by Boeing is the only PGA event in South Carolina, and while sponsor names have changed over the years, the Heritage slogan remains. The lighthouse at Harbour Town has been wrapped in their trademark plaid pattern for all to see, and the field of players will include many past champions returning to support the heritage of golf in the Lowcountry.

I was also present at the 30th Year of the Heritage!
The blueprint for success at the RBC Heritage calls for controlled golf shots to navigate the live oaks that surround the golf links where par is a score of 71. PGA Tour pros that are known for power and long tee shots are handcuffed by the twisting layout at Harbour Town, placing a premium on a strategic short game to set up short putts for birdie. In 2017 fans could see that Hurricane Matthew had taken a toll on many of the trees in the Sea Pines Resort, but the challenge of playing the course remains similar to 50 years ago.


The Heritage always involves lots of traditions
To say that the RBC Heritage tournament is a festive social occasion for many is very true, but the 2018 winner will earn a $1 million payday. Whether one is standing along the 18th fairway, or simply viewing the scenery on TV, it is easy to see why this special Lowcountry vista doesn’t get old after 50 years. For those that attend every year it’s almost like an extra holiday weekend, celebrating life while tipping the tartan cap towards the lifestyle of golf.


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