Beaufort resident Mark Anderson is playing his fourth consecutive Heritage. Anderson earned his 2012 PGA Tour card after finishing in the top 25 on the Nationwide Tour money list last season. He tees of the first round today at 9 a.m. Anderson shares his experiences this week in a daily diary, as told to reporter Stephen Fastenau.
We had a really fun Players Amateur meeting over at Berkeley Hall, answered a lot of questions that the members had, not only about that but about tour life in general. There was four or five of us over there -- Will McGirt, Brian Harman, myself, Bud Cauley and Corbin Mills. We hit some golf balls, showed them some shots and basically answered whatever questions they had. A lot of it was what it's like to be on tour, the stuff we do as far as practicing, how we travel, stuff about our caddies, just a lot of stuff that people don't understand, but they're really good questions and it was really fun.
We hit some golf balls over there and got a chance to go play. We played a quick 18 over there in under three hours. It was great. We can't thank them enough for letting us come out there. It's great facilities and a lot of fun.
I decided I needed to come back to Harbour Town and hit some putts. The greens are a little different speed over there. I wanted to come back and hit some putts, just to get used to the speed of the greens again. These are extremely fast. It's extremely firm. The greens are a lot quicker and a lot firmer than I've ever seen them before. It's always good to get a little grip before the first day on what you need to do around the greens. So that was about it. Just a little practice session.
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I'm about ready to pack my stuff up and go back, get ready to grill out tonight and have a nice, relaxing evening before tomorrow. I'm going to grill some steaks. I'm going to go to the grocery store and buy a couple steaks for my girlfriend and two people we're staying with, so we're going to have a great time.
I go off at 9 a.m. I'll get up at 6:30, get ready and then come out here probably at 7:30, eat some breakfast and head out to the range about an hour before the tee time to get ready.