Notes from RBC Heritage, Friday

info@islandpacket.comApril 13, 2012 

Rep. Scott hopes to be Heritage congressman

U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-Charleston, was the guest of honor Friday evening at a Republican fundraiser hosted by Dan and Missy Santorum in Sea Pines.

Scott replaced U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson at the annual event held during the Heritage and sponsored by Wes and Margaret Jones of Bluffton and Beaufort County Council Chairman Weston Newton and his wife, Rose.

State Attorney General Alan Wilson represented his father Joe at the drop-in that attracted about 75 guests, including state Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, and family.

Scott represents a change of the guard for the Republicans. Beaufort County was moved from the 2nd Congressional District to the 1st District in redistricting following the 2010 census.

"I'm prayerful and hopeful that this time next year I will be congressman of the Heritage," Scott said.

He had a busy day, visiting with top leaders of the new title sponsor, RBC, and the presenting sponsor, Boeing.

"It's been a very good experience for the sponsors," Scott said.

"The most important two words I hear are 'happy Heritage,' and I think with RBC and Boeing, we are in a good position to be saying that for many years to come."

Scott said he also participated on a panel about health care sponsored by CareCore National of Bluffton. He was to attend the Palmetto State Reception later Friday at the Harbour Town Conference Center.

Host Dan Santorum said he'd talked to his brother, Rick Santorum, who remains upbeat after suspending his presidential campaign.

"Nobody gave him a chance, and he won 11 states," Santorum said. "He's OK. He's figuring out what he's going to do next. He's got to put food on the table. He's looking forward to staying active and making sure conservative issues are well-represented out there. He's looking forward to supporting the nominee."

Boeing debuts Dreamliner in show-stopping fashion

Play paused for a few minutes at noon Friday for a planned flyover of the 787 Dreamliner, a new model of the plane produced by Boeing, the tournament's presenting sponsor. The plane flew over much of the 18th fairway toward the Harbour Town Lighthouse before sharply turning right, reversing course and climbing over Calibogue Sound.

Jack Jones, Boeing's head of operations in South Carolina, said before the flyover that the model has about 20 percent better fuel efficiency than the 767, which it replaced.

He added that the most impressive part of the flyover would be how quiet its engines are; a prediction later borne out by the number of spectators caught by surprise as the Dreamliner made its approach over a hospitality tent by the 18th tee.

Jones said he, in turn, has been surprised by the warmth of the reception his company has received by the Hilton Head Island community.

"I've been associated with these kind of events ... for 33 years, and I've never seen such friendly, involved and committed people as I have at the Heritage. It's refreshing."

Jones said eight of the planes are already in use in Japan, and the model would start "rolling off the assembly line" at the company's North Charleston plant by the end of the month.

Tartan Day planned for plaid-clad fans

Tartan Day will be from noon to 2 p.m. today 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.

Friday more like a Saturday

Maybe it was the weather, maybe it was the economy, maybe it was the noon flyover of the Boeing 787, but Friday's crowd felt more like a typical Saturday crowd at the Heritage, concessionaires said.

"It's awesome," said Tom Donkerbrook.

This is his 11th year as a volunteer at the Sea Pines Montessori School concession stand at the busy intersection of the 16th and 10th fairways.

Helping him work a drink cooler by the cart path were three friends who flew from Michigan to volunteer. Paul Rathbun and Henry Miller of Lansing, and Gene Ratkiewicz of Haslett paid a lot of money for the privilege of watching Donkerbrook work the crowd.

He saw a man in electric-colored Loudmouth Golf shorts and hollered, "John Daly drinks here. No, he smokes here now." Rodney McDonald of Savannah then posed for pictures while Donkerbrook poured mimosas.

Erin Leininger and Danielle Mobbs of Charlotte helped generate a lot of sales by walking around with mimosas, Donkerbrook said. Leininger is a daughter of islanders Dave and Christie Leininger and granddaughter of Margaret Eaton of Hilton Head. Old-timers will remember her father as a deejay on the old WHHR-FM, where he was known as Dave Lindsey.

Donkerbrook's daughter, Darcie Patrick, is head of school at Sea Pines Montessori, the state's oldest Montessori school. Local charities have benefited from operating Heritage concession stands almost since the tournament began in 1969.

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