Heritage news and notes

info@islandpacket.comApril 14, 2012 

So sad, but no plaid for RBC bag design contest

The Royal Bank of Canada may have made a slight Heritage fashion faux pas when asking fans to compete to design a golf bag for PGA Tour player Matt Kuchar.

There's no plaid in the winning design.

"We tried to work with the manufacturer, but we couldn't get that tartan in there," said Ryan Smith, director of show services for IMG Live, the company handling the contest for RBC.

More than 350 people had stopped by the company's computer kiosk at the RBC Heritage Expo Village at Harbour Town Golf Links as of Saturday afternoon.

Tournament spectators can customize their own bag with RBC's corporate logo, choosing from a multitude of colors, different fabric and stitching.

The winning bag will be used by Kuchar during the practice round of next year's RBC Heritage. He'll then autograph it and give to the winning designer, Smith said. The bag is valued at about $2,000, according to RBC.

Kuchar will pick a winning design from a list of final finalists on Monday. Designs will be judged based on creativity, use of the RBC brand and "wow" factor, according to contest rules.

The winning designer will be contact by phone or email that same day, Smith said.

Potential designers can get some inspiration by checking out the fan-designed bag used by Kuchar in last year's PGA Championship.

Details: Go to RBCFanExperience.com

Mary, Queen of Scots, would be proud

Sorry, Quillen twins, this year it's someone else's turn to be rewarded for looking cute in tartan.

Heritage mascot Sir William "Willie" Innes passed the torch on Saturday from the two-time winning plaid lads.

This year's winners were part-time Hilton Head residents Don and Lisa Preston.

They each received a ticket to next year's Heritage.

The best-dressed contest is part of Tartan Day, a Heritage contest in which attendees are encouraged to wear plaid in support of the tournament and can participate in family-oriented events, such as photos with Sir Willie and a putting contest for children under age 5.

Lisa Preston and her husband have been coming to the Heritage for the past eight years and both have Scottish blood. Don wore the McClellan clan tartan kilt, and Lisa, whose lineage can be traced to Mary, Queen of Scots, wore her Stewart clan's pattern.

"It's nice to win, but we'd like to see more people in tartan," Don said.

Johnson, Streelman to participate in sunrise service

PGA Tour players Kevin Streelman and former Masters champion Zach Johnson will participate in a sunrise service at 7:30 a.m. today at the 18th green of Harbour Town Golf Links.

Stewart Cink was to lead the service, but he missed the cut Friday. Johnson is 8 under for the tournament, alone in third place and four shots behind leader Carl Pettersson.

The service is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Man crosses pond to volunteer

Nick Morgan came from Bristol, England, to volunteer at the tournament.

When he perches in the box with a ShotLink laser behind the green of the fourth hole, he's fulfilling a dream 30 years in the making.

He's always wanted to see the course laid out by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus because it demands strategy that PGA Tour pros cannot overpower. He watched it carefully on television and read about it in books. He already knew many of its holes without ever seeing them in person or playing them.

"It's one of those locations that sticks in your memory"" he said.

When he read online that tickets would be available for this year's Masters tournament in Augusta, he applied and got tickets to the practice rounds.

Then he thought, "Let's make a trip of it."

He applied online to be a volunteer at the Heritage. He has experience working ShotLink at the Open Championship in his home country. His services were accepted by Marti Willet, who heads 144 ShotLink volunteers. She did not know he was in England until he asked if she could pick up his shirt and hat for him.

Morgan added side trips to the Kennedy Space Center, TPC Sawgrass, the World Golf Hall of Fame and Pinehurst. He'll fly home Monday, with a new dream about Harbour Town. He wants to come back.

Clemson Tigers roar on 18th

Clemson University put five players in the field at this year's tournament, but it left town with more than 500 recruits.

The Clemson Alumni Association has a tent at the 18th tee box to spread the word about its new Clemson Golf Paws program to raise money for the men's and new women's golf teams.

All five Tigers -- Lucas Glover, Kyle Stanley, D.J. Trahan, Tommy Biershenk and Corbin Mills -- dropped by the tent after the Heritage Pro-Am on Wednesday along with Billy D'Andrea, head of the primary athletic fundraising organization, IPTAY.

Throughout the tournament, the tent offered a place for Clemson grads to meet and greet. The association hoped to collect data and update contact information on 500 to 600 alumni.

Salute to the military

Active-duty military and their immediate dependents can not only get into the golf tournament free, they have access to a free skybox with food and drink on the 16th hole. It is also wheelchair-accessible.

The Patriots' Outpost, sponsored by Berkeley Capital Management LLC, also is available to retired career military personnel.

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