A number of up-and-coming, young golfers and a former football star with a love for the links will highlight the field of the eGolf Professional Tour's Swiftwick Shootout next week at Palmetto Hall Golf Club.
Former collegiate and amateur stars Drew Weaver, Brian Harman and Mark Anderson will be in the field, as will former NFL receiver Sterling Sharpe, when the professional tour starts its season on Hilton Head Island beginning Wednesday.
Anderson, a Beaufort native, will begin his second season on the Nationwide Tour later this month. He and Harman, a Savannah native, are former champions of the Players Amateur at Belfair Golf Club, and Weaver, who starred at Virginia Tech, is also a Players Amateur veteran.
Sharpe, a star at South Carolina before becoming a five-time All-Pro with the Green Bay Packers from 1988-94, will play as an amateur in his third eGolf Tour event in the past year.
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Seven former PGA Tour players are also in the field -- David Lutterus, Darron Stiles, Derek Fathauer, Matthew Borchert, Matt Davidson, Cameron Yancey and Chris Wilson.
Other local players of note include Bluffton's Kenny Coakley, Roger Brooks, Joel Hendry and Nathan Stamey, and Hilton Head Island's Chris Epperson and Adam Lescaleet.
The field will be split over Palmetto Hall's Cupp and Hills courses for the first two rounds of the 72-hole event, and the final 36 holes will be played on the Cupp Course. If a full field of 216 players is in place, the tournament purse will be $250,000.
It's the tour's seventh trip to Beaufort County in the past six years. The event began as a match play event at Oldfield Golf Club in 2006, continued as match play the following year, and converted to a stroke play event in a second stop in 2007.
Past champions include current PGA Tour players Tommy Gainey and Kevin Kisner.
SELBY NAMED GM AT OLDFIELD
Hampton Golf announced last week it has hired Jamie Selby as general manager of Oldfield Club. Selby will manage all club facilities and take on Property Owners Association responsibilities.
According to a release from Hampton Golf, Selby has more than a decade of experience managing facility and hospitality operations, including golf course maintenance, golf operations, turf science, food and beverage, tournament coordination and budgeting.
He was previously general manager at DeBary Golf and Country Club in DeBary, Fla., and assistant general manager at The King and Bear and The Slammer and The Squire at The World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.
WILLIAMS 5TH IN FLORIDA EVENT
Hilton Head Island's Tyler Williams tied for fifth in the boys 16-19 age division at the Future Collegiate World Tour's event at the Mission Inn El Campeon course in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla., last weekend.
After a rough first round of 6-over-par 78, Williams rebounded with an even-par 72 in the second round to vault into the top five in the 53-player field.
Williams is a junior at Hilton Head High.