Sun City's Okatie Creek Golf Club and Hidden Cypress Golf Club have retained designation as "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.
Superintendent Rick Barnes led the effort to maintain sanctuary status on the courses and is being recognized by Audubon International for his stewardship. The courses were designated as Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries in 2005 and are two of 901 courses in the world to currently claim the designation.
The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources.
"Okatie Creek Golf Club and Hidden Cypress Golf Club have shown a strong commitment to their environmental program. They are to be commended for preserving the natural heritage of the area by protecting the local watershed and providing a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," Audubon International executive director Doug Bechtel said.
To earn certification, a course must demonstrate a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas, Bechtel said.
These include: environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation, and water quality management.
Courses go through a recertification process every two years.
NIMMER WINS AT HAIG POINT
Bluffton's Bryson Nimmer won the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour event at Haig Point on July 13, firing a second-round 64 to win by seven shots.
Nimmer's 138 total was good enough to defeat Hardeeville's Jonathan Phillips, who shot 71-74 to finish with a two day total of 145.
Nimmer's final round included seven birdies, an eagle and a double bogey. He played his last thirteen holes 7under par, including a birdie-birdie-eagle stretch on Nos. 16-18.
In the girls division, Bluffton's Kalya Kozak won on the first playoff hole. She shot rounds of 82-79 to finish at 161, tied with Layne Marie Carter, from Lyons, Ga.
FREE ADAPTIVE CLINIC AT PARRIS ISLAND
The Legends at Parris Island Golf Club will hold a free clinic for golfers with disabilities or challenges.
The clinic, staffed by golf professionals and therapists, is on Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. until noon. The event is open to civillians, veterans and active military members.