Bill Sampson, director of golf at Old Tabby Links, recently received the Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year Award for his outstanding service as a golf instructor. Sampson hosts private and group lessons, institutes weekly clinics, conducts TPI classes for club members, hosts multi-day camps and offers free lessons to juniors who cannot afford the fee.

Bluffton High School running back Cam Bent was named to the South Carolina Football Coaches Association’s Palmetto Champions all-star team. Each year, the Palmetto Champions roster honors one running back, one lineman, one special teams player and one coach in each division. 

The portrait of the 48th RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing champion, Branden Grace, has been unveiled to sports and history enthusiasts of South Carolina at the Art League Gallery in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The original oil painting of Grace was painted by esteemed artist West Fraser.

Nine International Junior Golf Academy students officially committed to collegiate golf teams recently as they signed a National Letter of Intent during a ceremony at The Beach House on Hilton Head Island.

Judy LeveringU.S. Tennis Association South Carolina and the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation recently announced that Judy Levering, formerly of Hilton Head Island, and Renata Marcinkowska of Myrtle Beach will be the newest inductees into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. Both recipients have dedicated countless hours to growing the sport of tennis in South Carolina and throughout the world.


cocacolaCoca-Cola Consolidated recently signed a five-year extension as the official non-alcoholic beverage provider of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. Coca-Cola products have been served at the Heritage since the PGA Tour event debuted in 1969 at Harbour Town Golf Links, 48 years ago.

Hurricane Matthew did a number on many local golf courses. Here is a look at which courses are open as of Oct. 28. This list is subject to change; contact each course directly for the most up-to-date information.

Old Tabby Links at Spring Island has retained its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Jay Gratton, director of golf course maintenance, led the effort to maintain the sanctuary status on the course.

PGA Tour Superstore recently announced it has signed a lease to open a Bluffton location in April. Bluffton represents the company’s third store in South Carolina. The two other locations are in Myrtle Beach. The store will be an anchor in the new shopping center being built at the intersection of U.S. 278 and Burnt Church Road.

hhChristian GirlsHilton Head Christian Academy recently won the Class 3-A SCISA girls golf championship at Orangeburg Country Club. It is the second straight year the Eagles have brought the state title back to Hilton Head.