Golf

Local Golf Notebook, March 21: Nicklaus, Player to team up at Legends of Golf

mmccombs@islandpacket.comMarch 21, 2013 

There was big news Wednesday at the annual media day for the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf at the Westin Savannah Harbour Golf Resort & Spa.

And it wasn't that Lonestar will be playing the free concert this year.

Two of golf's most decorated and beloved players, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, will team up to play in the Champions Tour event to be held April 22-28.

The duo will play in the Demaret Division, reserved for players 70 and older. The Demaret Division plays on Monday and Tuesday of tournament week, and admission is free for those days.

"I don't play competitively any more, but I still like to compete and there is nothing I will enjoy more than doing so with my longtime friend Gary Player as a partner," Nicklaus said in a release read by Legends of Golf executive director Joe Rotellini. "Last May, Gary andd I reunited with Arnold (Palmer) for a one-day event as part of the Insperity Championship in Houston, and we had a great time. After that event, Gary and I talked about getting together in the Liberty Mutual, and here we are.

"Because I don't play much golf these days, I don't know how good the golf will be, but I can promise you that Gary and I will have a good time. I look forward to it."

Nicklaus has 120 professional wins, 18 major championships and is one of five players to win golf's career Grand Slam. His last action in the Legends of Golf was in 2001, and this is his first time competing in the Demaret Division.

Player has 165 professional wins, nine major championships and a career Grand Slam. Along with Bob Charles, he won the 2009 and 2010 Demaret titles.

"Legends of Golf is one of my favorite tournaments to compete in each year, and to have my good friend Jack Nicklaus as a partner this year is a delight," Player said in a release.

COMMITTED TO LEGENDS

In addition to Nicklaus and Player, the names of several other commitments to the Legends Division of the 2013 Legends of Golf were released Wednesday. They were 2012 champions Michael Allen and David Frost, 2011 champs David Egan and Mark McNulty, 2010 champs Mark O'Meara and Nick Price, 2009 champs Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman, 2008 champs Tom Watson and Andy North and 2013 rookies Steve Elkington and Rocco Mediate.

The Demaret Division champs from 2012 -- Gabby Gilbert and JC Snead -- and the Raphael Division champs from 2012 -- Mark James and Des Smyth -- will return, as well.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

  • All youth younger than 18 will be admitted for free with a ticket-holding adult.

  • Country group Lonestar will perform at a free Friday-night concert April 26 at the Westin Savannah Harbour driving range.

  • Complimentary admission will be extended to active duty, retired and reserve military personnel and their dependents.

  • WEARY WINS HJGT EVENT

    Bluffton's Alec and Drew Weary finished 1-2 in the Boys 11-14 Age Division of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's event this past weekend in Amelia Island, Fla.

    The Weary brothers both shot 9-over on Day 1. On Day 2, older brother Alex was a shot better than Drew.

    Drew Weary who led the field with most birdies of five and on par 4's shot an average of 4.35.

    PALMETTO HALL HOSTS IJGT

    GeunTae Kim, a full-time student at Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy on Hilton Head Island, won the Boys 15-19 Division of the International Junior Golf Tour Shamrock Shootout at on the Robert Cupp Course of the Hilton Head Island's Palmetto Hall Plantation last weekend.

    Kim shot rounds of 74 and 76 then defeated classmate Saravit Kerdsinchai in a playoff in the two-day, 36-hole event.

    In the Boys Under 14 Division, IJGA student Tennoshin Ogawa posted back-to-back rounds of 73 to defeat classmate Kevin Ying.

    Ceha Lee, also a Hank Haney IJGA student, won the Girls Under 19 Division, posting back-to-back rounds of 79 to edge classmate Moyu Sasaki by a stroke.

    PRO-ASSISTANT CHAMPIONSHIP

    Bob Patton and Adam Lescalleet combined for a better ball gross and a better ball net score of 67, two shots ahead of the rest of the field, in the 2013 Pro-Assistant Championship on Monday at Wexford Plantation.

    HOLES-IN-ONE

  • Fred Finn hit a hole-in-one March 20 on the eighth hole at Okatie Creek Golf Club. Witnesses were Rick Wagner, Ron Lee and Andy Corcoran.

  • Charles Newland hit a hole-in-one March 20 on the 12th hole at Okatie Creek Golf Club. He used a 3-hybrid. Witnesses were Brian Porch, Calvin Lamar and Allan Fall.

  • Harvey Russ hit a hole-in-one March 10 on the third hole at Okatie Creek Golf Club. He used a 7-wood. Witnesses were Pat Cummings, Doreen Shea, and Bob Shea.

  • Please send all golf news and notes to sports editor Mike McCombs at 843-706-8120 or mmccombs@islandpacket.com.

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