The Sea Pines Junior Heritage is set to tee off Saturday at Heron Point and the Harbour Town Golf Links in the Sea Pines Resort.
Forty-five boys and 33 girls from around the world will play in the two-day, 36-hole, stroke-play event. Saturday's round begins at 9 a.m. at Heron Point and Sunday's round starts at 8:30 a.m. at Harbour Town.
The Junior Heritage is one of the top junior events in the nation. Past boys champions include Charles Howell III, Sean O'Hair and Kyle Stanley. Paula Creamer, Candie Kung, Virada Nirapathpongporn and Alexis Thompson are all past girls champions.
Three area girls, all from Hilton Head Island, are in the field. Laura Restrepo tees off at 9 a.m., Ana Ruiz tees off at 9:20 a.m. and Moyu Sasaki tees off at 9:50 a.m. All open play on No. 1.
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In the boys field, there are five locals.
Ewen Ferguson tees off at 9 a.m., Matt Cheng tees off at 9:10 a.m., Anthony DeBono starts at 9:50 a.m., Ben Deitrich starts at 10 a.m. and Woody Woodward opens play at 11 a.m. All tee off on No. 10 and all, except Bluffton's Deitrich, are from Hilton Head Island.
Ferguson originally from Glasgow, Scotland, is a student at Junior Players Golf Academy. He shot a 74 in the qualifier this past weekend at Sea Pines to qualify for the event.
IJGA STUDENTS WIN AT INNISBROOK
It was a 1-2 finish for Hilton Head Island's Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy on Sunday in the Girls Under 19 division at the International Junior Golf Tour event at Innisbrook Resort's North Course in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Yi Chen Liu of Taoyuen, Taiwan, shot a 71 to finish at 5-under-par 145 and edge out classmate Saya Aono of Hokuto-shi, Japan, by a stroke. Aono had a two-stroke lead heading into the tournament's second day.
Hank Haney IJGA student Shogo Ito of Tokyo won the Boys Under 14 division by draining a 15-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a three-way playoff after shooting 82-77--159 for the tournament.
This weekend, Ito will defend his title at the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor Golf Club.
BLUFFTON'S DELCHER BAGS THIRD
Bluffton's Duke Delcher placed third Sunday in the Senior Amateur Division of the inaugural Crane Cup at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla.
Delcher's 219 was seven strokes off the pace of winner Paul Simson of Raleigh, N.C., and a stroke behind third-place Chip Lutz of Reading, Pa.
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