Junior golfers set for Morcott Challenge Cup

When the ninth annual Morcott Challenge Cup tees off at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Colleton River Plantation's Dye Course, the junior golfers involved will have already taken part in the biggest part of the tournament, according to American assistant coach Drew Freed.

"It's not just golf," Freed said. "When our golfers go over there, we live with their families. When their golfers come over here, they do the same. It's a cultural exchange."

The Morcott Challenge is an annual junior golf match between a team from the Royal Dornoch Golf Club in Scotland and a team of high school golfers from the public and private schools of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton.

Woody Morcott, a former resident of Dornoch and the United States, Jim Campbell of Dornoch and professional golfer Jim Ferree of Hilton Head Island started the Cup in 2004. The venue alternates between Hilton Head Island and Dornoch.

After four-ball matches on Tuesday, there will be foursomes Wednesday at Long Cove Plantation and singles matches on Thursday at Chechessee Creek Club. The scoring is Ryder Cup style.

The Americans retained the Cup in 2012. With the event, played in Dornoch, Scotland, coming down to the final putt on the final hole of the final match, the Americans won by a point.

The 2013 American team consists of Will Miles, Hilton Head Christian's JD Lehman, Matt Lehman and Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton's Wesley Long, Hilton Head Island High's Andrew Orischak and Hilton Head Prep's Russell Freed rounding out the team.

The Americans are coached by Craig Lehman, while the Team Dornoch coach is Gary Dingwell.