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Golf Notes for Nov. 11

HERITAGE SEEKING ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERS

The Heritage is seeking additional volunteers for the 2011 PGA Tour event taking place April 18-24 at the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Several committees have openings and no experience is necessary. For more information on becoming a volunteer, call Bonnie Hunt at the Heritage headquarters at 843-671-2448.

Tickets for the tournament are on sale now. Last week, organizers announced ticket options that will include daily passes for the first time since 1993.

Organizers decided earlier to offer daily passes in response to spectator demand and after years of consideration, tournament director Steve Wilmot said.

Organizers, who sold daily tickets annually before 1993, stopped in part because of concerns about the capacity of Sea Pines Resort's Harbour Town Golf Links and a desire to encourage spectators to make the tournament a weeklong destination, Wilmot said.

However, community members have told Heritage officials they would like to attend the tournament for a day but were too busy to buy a weeklong pass, he said.

Organizers plan to sell a limited number of daily tickets for each day. They don't know what that number is, but they will stop selling if they think they can't accommodate more people for a given day, Wilmot said.

Daily tickets cost $50 each for Thursday and Sunday and $60 for Friday and Saturday. Weeklong passes start at $150 each.

Discounts are available for purchases made before 2011. Also, early buyers will qualify to win an "inside-the-ropes" role as an honorary observer during a competition round. The winner and a companion will walk the course with the pros and receive prizes that include official clothing and a VIP parking pass.

Those parking spots are typically reserved for representatives of the tour, TV networks, the foundation that organizes the tournament and the event's title sponsor. Without a title sponsor, the Heritage Classic Foundation had some left over this year, Wilmot said.

Among weeklong offerings, clubhouse badges for the tournament are $190 and grounds badges are $150. The Arnold Palmer pass -- which includes exclusive access to two private entertainment venues with golf views -- are $375. Practice-round tickets are $35. Find more information online at www.theheritagegolfsc.com or call 843-671-2448.

LOCALS COMPETE IN CHERAW FALL CHALLENGE

Several local golfers competed in the South Carolina Junior Golf Association's Cheraw Fall Challenge over the weekend at Cheraw State Park Golf Course and Moree's Cheraw Country Club.

In the girls 14-18 division, Bluffton's Samantha Buchanan fired a 78-76 -- 154, finishing 12 strokes behind winner McKenzie Talbert of North Augusta.

Bluffton's Brandi Hammonds shot a 162 in the same division.

In the girls 11-13 division, Hilton Head Island's Anna Eddy fired a 41-42 -- 83, finishing 15 strokes behind winner Savanah Goodman of Easley.

In the boys 15-18 division, Bluffton's Wesley Long fired an 82-78 -- 160, finishing 19 strokes behind winner Matthew Nesmith of North Augusta. Hilton Head Island's Kyle Eichelsbacher shot a 168 in the same division.

In the boys 13-14 division, Hardeeville's Jonathan Phillips shot an 80-82 -- 162, finishing 16 strokes behind winner Coleman Self of Greenwood.

LONG OUT TO DEFEND PLAYERS TITLE

Bluffton's Wesley Long is out to defend his boys 13-14 title in the South Carolina Junior Golf Association's 13th annual Players Championship, set for Nov. 20-21 at Hartsville Country Club in Hartsville.

The event is the final 36-hole stroke play championship on the SCJGA major schedule. Golfers had to qualify for the tournament through one of five qualifying sites or got in based on their play this year. Find the field of 128 golfers online at www.scjga.org.

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