Heritage Tales: Memories made in last-minute pro-am addition

At the 2000 Heritage tournament, my husband, Jack McGarty, was a participant in the pro-am. Our son, Kevin, drove over from Atlanta with his 1-year-old son, Jack, to caddy for his dad. The morning of the tournament when they arrived at Harbour Town, Jack and Kevin were told the third member of their threesome would not be there. Since Kevin is an avid and talented player, he was asked to fill in with his dad and Billy Andrade. He was thrilled! He still has badges from every tournament.

When my daughter, Megan, and I arrived with little Jack, we were quite surprised and delighted to see Kevin playing with his dad and Billy Andrade. It was especially rewarding since our three children grew up on the Harbour Town course and we have attended almost all the Heritage events over the years.

They had a wonderful time with Billy Andrade and agreed that he was a real delight to play with. We have many wonderful memories from the tournaments we've attended and hope to continue making many more in years to come.

Kaye McGarty

Hilton Head Island

Even the pro's wife needs 'quiet' reminder

I have been a Heritage tournament marshal on the No. 7 hole at Harbour Town for six years, and it has been a great experience. I've seen Peter Jacobsen play Nerf football while waiting to tee off and many golfers avoiding alligators if they pulled their drive to the left near the lagoon.

Three years ago, Jim Furyk was getting ready to tee off on No. 7. As most fans know, Jim addresses his ball, looks ready to swing, then backs off for another look at the target. During this process, a woman with two little girls required the need for my "Quiet Please" sign as the girls were running around and making noise. I quieted them, Furyk hit his drive and I went over to the mother to thank her for quieting her daughters. I told her we needed to maintain silence because this golfer was playing for a million dollars.

She replied, "I know -- he is my husband."

Bob Rutherford

Hilton Head Island

Heritage impact felt around Lowcountry

My families' relationship with the Heritage is most interesting, mainly because we are not golfers. I do recall the early conversations around our dinner table at Ridgeland and North Forest Beach about this new event. At that age of about 10, I had no concept of what an impact this tournament would have on my life.

The Heritage meant many things to most families I was in contact with, either on the island or in the rest of the Lowcountry. Jobs created during the Heritage ranged from junior high school girls baby-sitting, to the hospitality industry, to the housing industry, to the development of a little more than 42 square miles. One should take the opportunity to visit the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn to see the miracles that have taken place in a very short five decades. This island has evolved with the international exposure created by the Heritage.

With all the memories that become co-mingled over the years, there's one that cannot be challenged. I insisted that my wife, Debbie -- 7 months pregnant with our only child, Tommie -- walk the entire course with me to take in the beauty of the golf course. Although Debbie and I have known one another since age 11, this was our first Sunday stroll. It also resulted in an early addition to our family. Tommie, who is named for my father, was born April 22, 1992.

Paul D. Peeples

Hilton Head Island