Local Golf Notebook, Nov. 22: Oldfield event raises $30K for Habitat for Humanity

info@islandpacket.comNovember 21, 2012 

Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity, with SunTrust Bank and Oldfield Golf Club, raised more than $30,000 on Oct. 1.

More than 100 golfers playing in the organizations' 15th-annual tournament raised the money, which will help build a new house in Habitat's first neighborhood on Hilton Head Island.

Corporate and hole sponsors raised more than $10,000 of the total. The cost to sponsor a Habitat house in The Glen is $60,000.

"The tournament has become our signature event," said Larry Sanders, an Oldfield resident and member of Habitat's board of directors. "But we really couldn't do it without the help and sponsorship of our friends Ric Spiehs at SunTrust, and Jamie Selby at Oldfield Golf Club. We can't thank them enough."

Said Patricia Carey Wirth, president CEO of the local Habitat affiliate: "This is what the best kind of community support looks like, and we simply cannot succeed without it. ... This will go a long way toward that first house, but we are still in need of funding for the road and the water and sewer connections."

Habitat outreach director Rick Caporale said the cost of the road, water and sewer for Phase 1, the first 20 homes, is roughly $600,000, and that the affiliate has raised about half.

"We can't build a single house until we finish the infrastructure, so the push is on now for that funding," Caporale said.

The development at The Glen is the first project of its kind on Hilton Head and will provide 40 affordable homes for low-to-moderate income families. Work on the project is scheduled to begin in 2013 on 14 acres of land off Marshland Road.

Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity builds simple houses and sells them for no profit to approved buyers, who then make low monthly mortgage payments. Those payments are then put into a revolving fund used to build more houses. Homeowners also pay property taxes on their homes, creating new tax revenue for Beaufort and Jasper Counties.

Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1990 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and is a nonprofit organization seeking to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness. Locally, Habitat has completed 92 homes and has plans for 40 more at The Glen.

Legends of Golf offers holiday package

Officials at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf announced a holiday ticket package that includes two weeklong upgraded hospitality passes and a free Golf Channel hat.

The tournament will be played April 22-28 at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. The holiday packages are available now through Dec. 31 and include two weeklong River Club presented by Wild Wing Cafe tickets and a Golf Channel hat for $98. Free shipping will be included for orders placed by Dec. 1. Orders received by Dec. 17 are guaranteed to arrive by Dec. 24. For information, visit

Located adjacent to the clubhouse and practice green with views of No. 1 and 10 tees, the River Club is a climate-controlled hospitality pavilion offering food for purchase, a premium cash bar and large screen televisions for following action on the course. Golf legends appearing at the Champions Tour's all-team competition will be announced leading up to the event, but eligible players include Fred Couples, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Mark O'Meara, Gary Player, Nick Price, Corey Pavin, Kenny Perry, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson and more.

Moss Creek wins Forsythe Cup

Members of Moss Creek Golf Club held off Callawassie Island Club to win the Forsythe Cup, a scratch men's interclub event.

Dataw Island Club, Hampton Hall Club, Fripp Island Golf Resort, The Sanctuary Club and Sun City competed.The format is four-ball match play and each club hosts an event. At each event, clubs field a team of eight players, except for the host club, which sits out while the remaining six clubs compete. Each four-ball match is worth 18 points, giving each team a chance to take home 72 points an event.

Moss Creek hosted the final match of the season Nov. 17 on its North Course. Going into the final match, Moss Creek led Callawassie by only 41 points while Moss Creek players could only watch the final day. Callawassie finished 1.5 points short of the tie.

Weary, Fickes finish strong in Hartsville

Bluffton's Drew Weary shot a 74 to win the boys 10-12 division at the S.C. Junior Golf Association's 16th-annual Players Championship.

Beaufort's Josh Fickes finished tied for second in the boys 15-18 division, shooting rounds of 75-71 for a 146 total. Fickes finished ahead of Bluffton's Bryson Nimmer, who shot a two-round total of 149, and Bluffton's Charlie Spencer-White, who finished at 151.

Locals play well on Hurricane tour

Hilton Head Island's Arthur Griffin shot a two-round total of 145 to win the boys 15-18 division on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, which stopped in Amelia River Island, Fla.

More than 90 players competed across three age divisions. Hilton Head's Ewen Ferguson shot 2-over 146 to finish a stroke behind Griffin.

In the girls 15-18 division, Hilton Head's Isidora Quevedo shot 15-over 159 to finish second. Hilton Head's Anita Uwadia shot 164 to finish third.

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