Random stuff you should know about this year's Heritage.
HERITAGE CLASSIC FOUNDATION NAMES 8 SCHOLARS
Eight outstanding Beaufort County seniors were named Heritage Classic Foundation Scholars at a luncheon on March 21 at Sonesta Resort. The students come from five different high schools including May River High School and Whale Branch Early College High School, which have never had scholarships awarded previously.
During the awards presentation, Scott Richardson reminded the audience about why an extra award was added last year, “When the RBC Heritage’s Tartan Club was restructured in 2016, the members wanted to give back to one of the Foundation’s charitable programs. They chose the Scholar Program. Their memberships fund the annual Tartan Club Award.”
Five of the newly named Scholars will receive an $18,000 scholarship over the next four years. Three additional awards carry a $22,000 opportunity. The latter scholarships honor the past Scholar Committee chairmen, John Zimmerman and the late Mike Malanick. The Tartan Club Award recognizes the donations made by the Tartan Club.
Next fall, 31 Beaufort County collegians will be receiving Foundation grants at an expenditure of $149,500. A grand total of $3,965,350 will have been awarded to 312 students after the 2017 distribution.
In addition to these eight scholarships, the Foundation is funding four $2,500 annual scholarships to the University of South Carolina Beaufort and two $1,500 annual scholarships to the Technical College of the Lowcountry.
Richardson pointed out at Tuesday’s luncheon, sponsored by Palmetto Electric Cooperative, “These scholars are not just straight A students. They are leaders in their schools, communities and churches. They have interests that vary from engineering to music to fostering golden retrievers.”
The following graduating seniors were selected:
- Beaufort High School – Sophia Bursch, Akasha Nelson
- Hilton Head Island High School – Madeline Prince, Arianna Serpe
- Hilton Head Preparatory School – Charlotte Ruhlin, Catherine Sheehan
- May River High School – Jurnee Jones
- Whale Branch Early College High School – Thomas Felver
WEBB SIMPSON TO SPEAK AT CHRISTIAN HERITAGE BREAKFAST
Webb Simpson will be the guest speaker at the 21st annual Christian Heritage Breakfast at 7 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, at The Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. The event is sponsored by The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and The College Ethics Symposium. It is open to the public. Simpson is most notable for winning the 2012 U.S. Open. As an amateur, he was a member of the United States' victorious 2007 Walker Cup and 2007 Palmer Cup teams. In college, Simpson played on the Wake Forest University golf team on the Arnold Palmer scholarship. After turning professional, he played on the Nationwide Tour, where he finished in second place twice. Simpson qualified for the PGA Tour after his tie for seventh at the 2008 PGA Tour Qualifying School. In 2011, he had his first two victories on the PGA Tour, which came at the Wyndham Championship and at the FedEx Cup playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship. These wins helped him finish in second on the tour's money list. He was also a member of the United States' victorious 2011 Presidents Cup team. Tickets to the breakfast are required in advance and are $30 per ticket or $275 for a table of 10. Proceeds will help support South Coastal FCA for the benefit of local middle and high school youth and coaches ministry in area schools. For more information, go to christianheritagebreakfast.com or call 843-290-3744.
MANY GOLFERS IN FIELD HAVE SOUTH CAROLINA TIES
Five South Carolina golfers are showed allegiance to their home state by committing to play in the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. Lucas Glover, Bill Haas, Kevin Kisner, Ben Martin and William McGirt will all be competing for the champion’s tartan jacket. Glover was born in Greenville and played golf at Clemson University. He now lives on St. Simons Island, Georgia. He has earned three wins on the PGA Tour, including the 2009 US Open Championship. He has already carded two back-to-back top 10 finishes this season. He will be competing in his 15th Heritage. Haas has earned six PGA Tour victories and was the 2011 FedExCup winner. The Greenville resident is following in dad Jay’s footsteps and making the Heritage a tradition; he hasn’t missed the Harbour Town event since finishing Q-school in 2005. He also has a long relationship with the Heritage Classic Foundation. Haas won the Players Amateur, held in Bluffton, in 2002. Kisner earned his first PGA Tour victory at last year’s RSM Classic. The Aiken native shot a final-round 65 to finish T4 at this year’s Sony Open. The University of Georgia grad finished second at the 2015 RBC Heritage after losing to Jim Furyk on the first playoff hole. He will be making his fifth start at the RBC Heritage. Martin was born in Greenwood and still calls it home. He graduated from Clemson University in 2009 and earned his first PGA Tour win at the 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He will be making his fifth start at Harbour Town. McGirt was born in Lumberton, North Carolina, and played golf for Wofford College in Spartanburg. His first win came at the 2016 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. He will be making his seventh start at Harbour Town Golf Links after finishing T9 at the 2016 RBC Heritage.
TITO’S VODKA HAS HERITAGE POURING RIGHTS
Tito’s Handmade Vodka signed an agreement to be the 2017 official vodka partner of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. The partnership includes preferred pouring rights at the event — including the pro-ams, pairings party and special events. The centerpiece of the sponsorship is a new destination on the Heritage Lawn called Tito’s Stillhouse. Open to all spectators of legal drinking age, the open-air venue will feature specialty Tito’s cocktails and activities.
“Our partnership with Tito’s will also be showcased in retail stores around the Hilton Head Island area,” said RBC Heritage tournament director Steve Wilmot. “The RBC Heritage is more than just a golf tournament; it is a community event that Tito’s brand has embraced.”
“What makes the RBC Heritage so appealing is the generous contributions and impact it makes throughout the area,” said Chrystal Barley, the South Carolina representative for Tito’s. “Giving back and helping the communities we serve is important to Tito’s Handmade Vodka.”
PARKING CHANGES ANNOUNCED
With the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn still dealing with debris from Hurricane Matthew, the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing has been forced to change its parking plan. Complimentary general parking will be at the Hilton Head public school complex. There will be no parking at Honey Horn.
Motor coach service to and from Harbour Town (approximately a 20-minute ride) will be offered continuously during event hours. The motor coaches will begin each day at 6:30 a.m. and stop at 9:30 p.m. The motor coaches will pick up and drop off at the Harbour Town Marina.
Tournament shuttles are still located at Coligny Plaza. Complimentary shuttles will take spectators from the Coligny Beach parking lot to a special drop-off near Harbour Town. Parking in the Coligny Plaza area is first come, first served. Bicycle parking is also available. The shuttles will run from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
There is no general spectator parking inside Sea Pines except for handicapped parking, which will be in a different location this year. Handicapped parking passes are issued by Sea Pines security.
Complimentary bicycle parking is available inside Sea Pines at the tennis courts next to the Harbour Town pool parking lot and near the 13th green at 16 Baynard Park Road. All cyclists must have a tournament ticket or a volunteer badge to be admitted through the Sea Pines gates. Cyclists may enter Sea Pines at the Ocean Gate or at the Main Gate.
BEAUFORT GOLFER EARNS SPONSORS’ EXEMPTION
Mark Anderson, Bryson DeChambeau, Cheng Jin and Camilo Villegas were granted sponsors’ exemptions into the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. Anderson grew up in Beaufort and competed in the Junior Heritage as a youth. He earned his first exemption into the 2009 RBC Heritage after winning the 2008 Players Amateur, held in Bluffton. He has earned one win on the Web.com Tour at the 2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am held in Greenville. He will be making his sixth start at Harbour Town. DeChambeau grabbed the golf world’s attention after he won at the 2015 U.S. Amateur and the NCAA Division 1 Championship. He is only the fifth player in history to win both in the same year. The 23-year-old attended Southern Methodist University as a physics major. His love of science plays a role in his golf game. He is called the “Mad Scientist of Golf” because he takes a scientific approach to the game. He made his professional debut at the 2016 RBC Heritage and wore a Ben Hogan-style cap in the tournament’s signature tartan. He finished tied for fourth place. Jin earned his sponsors’ exemption by winning last summer’s Players Amateur at Berkeley Hall Golf Club. The Beijing native, who is a freshman at the University of Southern California, has an impressive list of international wins. He won the PGA Tour China's 2014 Nine Dragons Open, becoming the first amateur ever to win a PGA Tour China event. In 2015, a course record 62 in the first round helped him win the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. That victory earned him a spot in the 2016 Masters. Villegas grew up in Medellin, Colombia, and played golf for the University of Florida. He now lives in Jupiter, Florida. He has four PGA Tour victories and two international wins. He competed in his first RBC Heritage in 2006 and is making his 11th start. He has carded three top-10s at Harbour Town.
WINE LOVERS HAVE A NEW VENUE TO ENJOY
The Heritage Classic Foundation announced a new venue between holes 1 and 9. Wine@Nine will be an upscale outdoor venue where wine lovers can watch the tournament and enjoy wines from premium wineries including Simi Winery and Meiomi. It will be open Monday to Sunday to all spectators and will be built out with hardwood floors, vineyard décor and barrel tables. The venue is being done by Bill Wines and his team at Meeting Dynamics. Premium wines, sparkling wines and mimosas will be served.
“We identified an area on the course that had been lacking excitement and created a destination for the wine enthusiasts who will find it very appealing,” tournament director Steve Wilmot said. “Wine@Nine compliments the social atmosphere at our event while creating new opportunities for our partners to engage with their consumers.”
Spectators will be able to watch the golf tournament on a large video board or they keep an eye on the action from elevated viewing platforms on hole No. 9. Proceeds from Wine@Nine will support the Hilton Head Island Fire Fighters Foundation, whose members man the concession stand adjacent to the venue. Clos Du Bois is the official wine at all RBC Heritage concession stands.
GREEN POWER AND RBC HERITAGE: A PERFECT PAIRING FOR 9 YEARS
Palmetto Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper will once again team up with the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing to power the 2017 tournament with 100 percent “green” power. The tournament was the first major green power event in the state back in 2009. Santee Cooper generates green power from clean, renewable energy sources including landfill biogas, solar power and wind power within South Carolina. In 2001, Santee Cooper became the first utility to generate green power and offer it for sale in South Carolina, and Palmetto Electric Cooperative signed on as one of the first cooperatives in the state to offer green power to its members.
“As South Carolina’s most significant sporting event and one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the country, we are committed to thinking green and are proud to make 2017 the ninth year in a row we power the RBC Heritage with green power,” said Steve Wilmot, tournament director for the RBC Heritage. “Buying renewable energy has led us to implement a number of other environmental programs during tournament week. I’d like to send out a friendly challenge to other golf events across the state to make their greens even greener by purchasing green power.”
In addition to purchasing green power for this event, RBC Heritage has dedicated space for a booth on The Heritage Lawn, near the 18th fairway, to educate spectators about renewable energy benefits. South Carolina residents who visit the booth will also be able to sign up to purchase green power for their own electric needs. To learn more, go to www.santeecooper.com.
WEAR BLUE ON THURSDAY FOR AUTISM AWARENESS
The RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing has designated Thursday, April 13, as the tournament’s Autism Awareness Day, or “Blue Out Day.” PGA Tour professionals, caddies, spectators and media will all be asked to wear blue on Thursday and join World of Golf Hall of Fame member and four-time major champion Ernie Els in showing support for those affected by autism spectrum disorder. Blue and white autism awareness ribbon pins will be available to players and caddies at the 1st and 10th tees. A number of lucky spectators wearing blue will be rewarded with their own autism awareness pin by roaming Els for Autism representatives at the tournament.
RBC HERITAGE PRESENTED BY BOEING SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
MONDAY, APRIL 10
- Monday Pro-Am Presented by Boeing Pairings Brunch, 9:30 a.m.
- Parade and Opening Ceremonies, 18th green, 10 a.m.
- Monday Pro-Am Presented by Boeing, 11:30 a.m.
- Monday Pro-Am Presented by Boeing Awards Party, 6:30 p.m.
TUESDAY, APRIL 11
- Pro Practice Rounds, all day
- Pro-Am Registration, 9 a.m.
- Coca-Cola Youth Day
- Plaid About Reading Winners Pro Meet and Greet, 2 p.m.
- Putting Contest, 3 p.m.
- Family Movie on the Heritage Lawn, 4:30 p.m.
- RBC Heritage Pro-Am Draw Party, 5:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12
- RBC Heritage Pro-Am at Harbour Town, 7 a.m.
- RBC Heritage Pro-Am at Atlantic Dunes, 1 p.m.
- RBC Heritage Pro-Am Awards Reception, 2 and 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, APRIL 13
- Autism Awareness Day, wear blue
- First Round, morning starting at 7:20 a.m. and afternoon starting at 11:50 a.m.
- Palmetto State Reception, Sonesta Resort, 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, APRIL 14
- Second Round, morning starting at 7:20 a.m. and afternoon starting at 11:50 a.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 15
- Plaid Nation Day, wear plaid
- Third Round, 8:30 a.m.
- Plaid Nation Day Contests on the Heritage Lawn, noon
- Concert on the Heritage Lawn featuring Whitley Deputy and the B-Town Project, 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, APRIL 16
- Easter Service on the 18th Green, 7:30 a.m.
- Easter Egg Hunt, 8:30 a.m.
- Final Round, 8:30 a.m.
- Trophy Presentation, following play
- The Golf Channel: 3-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
- CBS Sports: 3-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
- Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Channel 208 or 93: noon-6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday
- PGA Tour Live: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday and Friday (featured groups), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday (featured holes), 3-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (CBS simulcast)
When: April 10-16, 2017
Purse: $6.5 million
History: 49th event. Harbour Town Golf Links was designed by Pete Dye, in consultation with Jack Nicklaus, in the fall of 1969. A number of past champions, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer, Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, Nick Price, Tom Watson and the late Payne Stewart have been enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Reach: The RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing is broadcast to more than 226 countries outside the United States. More than 1 billion households across the world can tune in to see Harbour Town’s famous candy cane-striped lighthouse.
Contributions: $35 million has been distributed to those in need throughout South Carolina and Georgia since 1987. In 2016, close to $2.4 million was distributed to charitable organizations, the arts, medical institutions and for college scholarships.
Economic Impact: Each year, the RBC Heritage pumps more than $96 million into South Carolina's economy.
Demographics: 63 percent of spectators have an annual income of more than $100,000, 52 percent are 50 and older, and 73 percent completed a four-year college degree.
Volunteer effort: More than 1,200 volunteers work throughout tournament week.
Attendance: 130,000 people attended the RBC Heritage in 2016.
Oldest champion: Hale Irwin, 48
Youngest champion: Davis Love III, 23
Most wins: Davis Love III, 5
Best aggregate score: Brian Gay, 264
Nine men have won the Heritage more than once:
5 WINS: Davis Love III: 1987, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2003
3 WINS: Hale Irwin: 1971, 1973, 1994
2 WINS: Johnny Miller: 1972, 1974, Hubert Green: 1976, 1978, Tom Watson: 1979, 1982, Fuzzy Zoeller: 1983, 1986, Payne Stewart: 1989, 1990, Stewart Cink: 2000, 2004, Boo Weekley: 2007, 2008, Jim Furyk: 2010, 2015
PAST HERITAGE CHAMPIONS
Year Player, Country Score Par
2016 Branden Grace, South Africa 275 -9
2015 Jim Furyk, United States 266 -18
2014 Matt Kuchar, United States 273 -11
2013 Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland 275 -9
2012 Carl Pettersson. Sweden 270 -14
2011 Brandt Snedeker, United States 272 -12
2010 Jim Furyk, United States 271 -13
2009 Brian Gay, United States 264 -20
2008 Boo Weekley, United States 269 -15
2007 Boo Weekley, United States 270 -14
2006 Aaron Baddeley, Australia 269 -15
2005 Peter Lonard, Australia 277 -7
2004 Stewart Cink, United States 274 -10
2003 Davis Love III, United States 271 -13
2002 Justin Leonard, United States 270 -14
2001 José Cóceres, Argentina 273 -11
2000 Stewart Cink, United States 270 -14
1999 Glen Day, United States 274 -10
1998 Davis Love III, United States 266 -18
1997 Nick Price, Zimbabwe 269 -15
1996 Loren Roberts, United States 265 -19
1995 Bob Tway, United States 275 -9
1994 Hale Irwin, United States 266 -18
1993 David Edwards, United States 273 -11
1992 Davis Love III, United States 269 -15
1991 Davis Love III, United States 271 -13
1990 Payne Stewart, United States 276 -8
1989 Payne Stewart, United States 268 -16
1988 Greg Norman, Australia 271 -13
1987 Davis Love III, United States 271 -13
1986 Fuzzy Zoeller, United States 276 -8
1985 Bernhard Langer, West Germany 273 -11
1984 Nick Faldo, England 270 -14
1983 Fuzzy Zoeller, United States 275 -9
1982 Tom Watson, United States 280 -4
1981 Bill Rogers, United States 278 -6
1980 Doug Tewell, United States 280 -4
1979 Tom Watson, United States 270 -14
1978 Hubert Green, United States 277 -7
1977 Graham Marsh, Australia 273 -11
1976 Hubert Green, United States 274 -10
1975 Jack Nicklaus, United States 271 -13
1974 Johnny Miller, United States 276 -8
1973 Hale Irwin, United States 272 -12
1972 Johnny Miller, United States 281 -4
1971 Hale Irwin, United States 279 -5
1970 Bob Goalby, United States 280 -4
1969 Arnold Palmer, United States 283 -1