STUDENTS CAN EARN CHANCE TO PUTT WITH TOUR PROS
The Heritage Classic Foundation is giving Lowcountry students a chance to putt with the PGA Tour pros at April's Heritage tournament.
The foundation is sponsoring a program called "Plaid About Reading" to encourage children from kindergarten to fifth grade to read books. The Plaid About Reading program will run from March 21 through April 11.
The school that reads the most books will win $1,000. The class that reads the most books will win a pizza party and a visit from Heritage spokesman Sir William (Willie) Innes. The students who read the most books from each class will join pro golfers and putt with the pros at Harbour Town Golf Links on Tuesday, April 19, during the week of the 43rd annual Heritage tournament.
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"The Plaid About Reading program exudes how much of a community event The Heritage truly is," Heritage tournament director Steve Wilmot said in a news release. "All ages are involved in this tradition. It also adds to the many highlights that are new to this year's Heritage PGA like single-day tickets, new on-course venues, and so much more."
The deadline for schools to enter is Wednesday, March 16.
For more information on the Plaid About Reading program, contact Willie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Greg Kamp at 843-785-3200.
MAY RIVER GC TO HELP HERITAGE WITH PRO-AM
The May River Golf Club in Bluffton is hosting a pro-am tournament April 11 to benefit the Heritage Foundation, and the winning team will earn a spot in the pro-am at the PGA Tour's Heritage tournament the following week at the Harbour Town Golf Links.
The five-person teams in the May River pro-am will consist of four amateurs -- who must have a verifiable USGA handicap index -- and one PGA professional. A-3 professionals are not eligible to participate.
Cost is $350 per amateur. The field is limited to 25 teams. Registration deadline is March 28.
Sign up online at www.hhipga.com. For more information, contact Jeff Spencer at 843-987-2147.
BLUFFTON'S COAKLEY FINISHES 19TH IN MOROCCO
Bluffton's Kenny Coakley finished in a tie for 19th place Wednesday at the eGolf Tour's Samanah Classic in Marrakech, Morocco.
Coakley, who had climbed to sixth place in the third round after his third straight 3-under-par 69, dropped back in the final round with a 73.
Coakley finished 11 shots behind the winner, former Wake Forest standout Chris McCartin. McCartin fired a final-round 65 for his first win since turning pro in 2008, picking up the $40,000 top prize.
Savannah's Brian Harman tied for seventh, seven shots back. Bluffton's Nathan Stamey shot a 1-under 71 on Wednesday to finish tied for 54th. Hilton Head Island's Chris Epperson was also in the field, but failed to make the cut.
The Samanah Classic was the second of 18 events on this season's eGolf Tour schedule. The next event, the El Jadida Classic, begins Saturday in the seaside town of El Jadida, Morocco. This is the first time that a United States-based tour has conducted multiple stroke-play events on the continent of Africa.
BLUFFTON'S WEARY WINS HJGT EVENT
Alec Weary of Bluffton took first in the Boys 10-12 division of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's Hilton Head Junior Shootout, held over the weekend at Wexford Golf Club. He carded a 6-over 78 in Sunday's final round to win by five strokes.
Grant Daugherty of Alcoa, Tenn., took the Boys 15-19 division, finishing with a 7-over 151 total. Bluffton's Zachary Boe was tied for eighth with a 157 total. Charlie Spencer-White of Bluffton finished 12th, Hilton Head Island's Tyler Williams was 25th, Brian Jung of Hilton Head was 31st.
Brandi Hammonds of Bluffton finished third in the Girls 14-18 division, 22 shots behind the winner, Reona Hirai of Summerville. Hirai had a 154 total.
Hardeeville's Jonathan Phillips and Bluffton's Bryson Nimmer tied for fifth in the Boys 13-14 division with two-day totals of 163. Hilton Head Island's Will Miles was sixth, Zachary Ruhlin was 10th and Bluffton's Brendan Fick placed 12th.
Drew Weary of Bluffton was fourth in the Boys 10-12 division.
Kasidy Beckel of Bluffton was third in the Girls 10-13 division.