Notes from RBC Heritage, Thursday

Winds ground Sir Willie, Snoopy One

info@islandpacket.comApril 12, 2012 

Stiff winds Thursday morning blew a hole in Sir William Innes' plans to tour the Harbour Town Golf Links from 3,000 feet aboard the MetLife Blimp.

The mascot of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing will try again Saturday during the third round of the tournament at Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island.

The blimp is tying up this year in a hayfield at Henry Farms on St. Helena Island. Farm manager Craig Henry said the "Snoopy One" is turning a few heads in the rural reaches of St. Helena, near Beaufort.

The blimp travels from event to event across America with two pilots and 12 crew members and five vehicles on the ground.

Henry said someone is staying with it at all times on the farm on Tom Fripp Road.

It's an unusually modern sight for one of the few traditional farms left in the county.

At different times of the year, Henry Farms will be planted in turf grass, 110 acres of winter and early-spring broccoli, 400 acres of winter wheat, 150 acres of field corn for cattle, 120 acres of hay and 600 acres of soybeans.

The farm had a lot of cattle until its hay barn burned last year.

Tartan Day planned for plaid-clad fans

Tartan Day will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Heritage Expo, between holes one and nine at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Attendees are encouraged to wear plaid in support of the tournament and can participate in family-oriented events, such as photos with Heritage mascot Sir Willie and a putting contest for children under age 5.

At 1 p.m., five fans will race to outfit themselves entirely in plaid as part of the "Fastest Clad in Plaid" contest. Afterward, Sir Willie will host a "best-dressed" contest, ending at 2 p.m., with the winner receiving two tickets to next year's tournament.

Van Pelt to visit local Boys and Girls Club

PGA Tour pro Bo Van Pelt will visit the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island at 2:30 p.m. today. He also is wearing the Heritage Classic Foundation logo during this week's tournament.

It is his way of saying thanks to RBC for signing on to be the tournament's title sponsor, according to the foundation, which stages the tournament.

The Boys & Girls Club benefits from about $1.25 million distributed to nonprofits annually by the foundation.

Van Pelt is a resident of Tulsa, Okla., who came into the Heritage ranked 27th in the world with more than $15 million in career earnings.

Brisk weather leads to brisk sales at merchandise tent

Cooler-than-expected weather Thursday morning spurred sales of fleeces and outerwear at the merchandise tent, according to Caroline Dennison, manager of retail for Sea Pines Resort.

She added that clothes bearing the logos of tournament sponsors RBC and Boeing were also popular during the first day of competition. Stuffed Boeing airplanes and model Dreamliners were also flying off the shelves, she reported. A Dreamliner is scheduled to make a fly-over of the course at about noon today, weather permitting.

Shirts, shorts and skirts bearing the tartan plaid pattern were also among the day's most popular items, Dennison said.

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