"The King" is coming back to Hilton Head Island.
Arnold Palmer, who first made his mark on the island by winning the inaugural Heritage Classic at Harbour Town Golf Links in 1969, is bringing his design team to the Lowcountry to renovate the golf course at Wexford Plantation Club.
The Arnold Palmer Design Company will begin work immediately on the driving range and practice area, Wexford general manager and chief operation officer Jim VanBuren said in a release, mirroring the course renovation by adding improved tee space and target greens and increasing visibility.
The course will close for renovation in April, with plans to reopen as an Arnold Palmer signature course the first week of October.
It will be Palmer's third design project in the area -- he also put his signature on Crescent Pointe in Bluffton and Old Tabby Links on Spring Island.
The Wexford course was originally designed by Willard C. Byrd and opened in 1983. Palmer's group will oversee a complete remodel that will "transform the playing strategy, characteristics and look of the Wexford layout, while also incorporating design changes that will improve drainage and reduce maintenance costs," the release said.
COLLETON RIVER DYE COURSE ADDED TO CELEBRITY TOURNEY
The Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Foundation has announced that Colleton River Plantation Club will serve as a new host site for this year's tournament.
The three-day event will begin Sept. 2 at the Robert Trent Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes with a special opening ceremony honoring Greenwood Communites and Resorts' commitment to the tournament since its inception in 1979. Greenwood has provided a golf course for each year of its 30-year history.
On Sept. 3, the tournament will move to Colleton River's Pete Dye Course -- a new venue for the event -- before wrapping up Sept. 4 at Harbour Town Golf Links.
The tournament's Council of Trustees also has two new members -- Wild Wing Cafe owner Dianne Crowley and celebrity chef Robert Irvine.
For information about the tournament, visit www.hhcelebritygolf.com or call 842-7711.
CIVILIANS WELCOME TO PLAY IN HUNTER COLLEGE-AM EVENT
Civilians in communties near Hunter Army Airfield are invited to play in the Omni Financial-Ohio Wesleyan University College-Am, which will be played March 10 with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. The cost is $60 per player, and the format is a three-person scramble.
The event precedes the Omni Financial-Ohio Wesleyan Invitational, a 54-hole event to be played March 11-12. That event is open to the public.
Schools participating in the men's division are Ohio Wesleyan, UNC-Greensboro, Mt. St. Joseph's, Wittenberg, Shenandoah and Urbana.
Women's teams include Ohio Wesleyan, Savannah State, Pennsylvania, Ohio Dominican, Wittenberg and Urbana.
The registration deadline is March 8. To register or for information, call 912-315-9115.
FOUR COMPETE IN SCJGA'S PEE WEE CHAMPIONSHIP
Four local junior golfers competed in the S.C. Junior Golf Association's Pee Wee Championship last weekend at Greenwood Country Club.
Hilton Head Island's Anna Eddy took third place in the girls 10-12 division, carding rounds of 40 and 43 to wind up seven shots off the pace set by Easley's Morgan Cox. Hardeeville's Jamie Hubbard (60-63--123) was 10th in the same divison.
On the boys side, Daniel Azallion of Hilton Head Island finished fourth in the boys 8-9 division, shooting rounds of 39 and 47 to finish 13 shots behind winner Anthony Sutton of Lancaster. Bluffton's J.D. Patterson (56-58--114) was ninth.
IJGT HITS CAT ISLAND
The International Junior Golf Tour made a stop at Sanctuary Golf Club at Cat Island last weekend, with 85 players competing in a 36-hole tournament.
Matt Cocco of Churchville, Pa., held on to win the boys 15-19 division -- the event's largest division with 56 players -- by one shot over Christopher Fuga of Phoenixville, Pa. Cocco shot 3-under-par 68 in the opening round, then held on by the narrowest margin after carding a 76 on Sunday.
Aaron Terrazas of Mexico earned a seven-shot victory in the boys under-14 division, Laura Restrepo of Panama won the girls 15-19 division by one shot and Bria Sanders of Cordova, Tenn., won the girls under-14 division.
Local players in the field included Hilton Head Island's Minami Levonowich, who tied for fourth in the girls 15-19 division, and Bluffton's Zachary Boe, who tied for 13th in the boys 15-19 division.