Four area junior golfers are in the field for the 20th playing of the prestigious Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational this weekend at the 6,620-yard, par 71 Country Club of Spartanburg.
Hilton Head Christian Academy seniors Bryson Nimmer and Trace Crowe, both of Bluffton, and HHCA junior RJ Bartolomucci are in the field, as is Hilton Head Island High School sophomore Andrew Orischak.
Nimmer, the No. 2 ranked junior in the state, is a Clemson commitment, while Crowe is headed to Auburn.
The field is a strong one. The 82 players represent 16 states, including 15 state champions, 29 USGA qualifiers and six AJGA victories. Twenty-five of the players are ranked inside the top 100 of either Golfweek or Junior Golf Scoreboard.
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Robin Wang of Lake Mary, Fla., is the No. 2 player in the country and is the likely favorite against the field. Bobby Chapman Alumni have won 48 PGA tour titles including, The Masters (Bubba Watson), the U.S. Open (Lucas Glover) and the FedEx Cup (Bill Haas).
LADY BEARCAT INVITATIONAL COMING TO OLD SOUTH
Bluffton's Old South Golf Links is hosting the third annual Lady Bearcat Invitational on Sept. 27 and 28.
The two-day tournament is hosted by Lander University and will feature 18 NCAA Division II and NAIA teams. Area schools participating include USC Beaufort, Savannah College of Art and Design and Armstrong Atlantic University.
The tournament is free and open to the public.
HERON POINT GETS ENHANCEMENTS
The Sea Pines Resort has completed enhancements to Heron Point by Pete Dye and the course will reopen Monday.
Ranked No. 11 in South Carolina in GOLF Magazine's 2014 "Best Courses Near You," Heron Point underwent a series of subtle modifications over the summer under the close supervision of Dye.
With the objective of making the course more player friendly, Dye's team softened the green surrounds and contours, enlarged several greens, and added ornamental landscape beds throughout the layout. The putting surfaces were transitioned to Tif-Eagle Bermuda, the same strand used on Sea Pines' Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.
"Our members and guests are going to love the changes made to Heron Point," Sea Pines vice president of sports and operations Cary Corbitt said in a release. "The course is the ideal complement to Harbour Town and gives us two of the premier 18s in the region."
SUN CITY MEN DECIDE CHAMPIONS
The Sun City Men's Golf Association recently held its 2014 championship, and the winner was John Hencken.
Ken Shaw was the senior champion, Raleign Wright was the club tee champion and Ron Kuchinski was the senior club tee champion.