Steve Hulka zig-zags across the country with his wife, Mary, following the PGA Tour with their 30-foot trailer full of players' hanging clothes, baby cribs, fishing gear and golf clubs. Any large, cumbersome items that a player needs hauled to the next PGA stop, Hulka loads on his trailer.
He came up with the idea for his hauling business -- called H.O.P.E. for Hulka's Overland Players Express -- after Sept. 11, 2001, when maneuvering through airports became more difficult for golfers.
In addition to hauling golfers' large items, Hulka works as a caddie, too, carrying bags for golfer Brian Davis.
It was with Davis five years ago that Hulka forged his most vivid memory of Harbour Town. Hulka and Davis climbed down to the bank of the Calibogue Sound left of the 18th green.
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Davis, in a playoff with Jim Furyk, had birdied the final hole in regulation to reach the playoff. But he called a penalty on himself on the first playoff hole after moving a stick in his backswing in the hazard off the 18th green.
Furyk won the tournament.
Still, Davis' self-policing act has been lauded by many. When the tour stopped in Fort Worth, Texas, that May, a third-grade class from Houston presented Davis with journals they had written defining honesty and integrity.
Davis returns this week with Hulka on the bag, hoping some leftover karma might translate to victory.
"That would be perfect if we could," Hulka said. "He loves that course. His game is so suited for Hilton Head because he drives it straight, and he's a great short-game artist."