The Hilton Head Island Amateur Golf Association has finalized its schedule for the 2014 season, and if bigger really is better, this year's schedule, which has expanded from four to seven events, is a lot better than last year.
The Senior Championship and Opening Tournament, the Amateur Championship, the Better Ball Championship and the 27-hole Challenge are all well-known staples of the HHIAGA slate. But director Bob Collar thinks the additions could become very popular, as well.
The first is the first Father Child Tournament to be held May 18 at Bear Creek. This tournament is open to all; You need not be an HHIAGA member to play.
"If you're a father and a son or a daughter and you want to play, you're in," Collar said. "I want it to be a great father-child experience."
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Collar said he's still working on some exciting prizes and expects to have a nice lunch for the fathers and children.
"I hope it turns out to be a heck of a good family day," Collar said.
The second new addition is a one-day tournament Aug. 30 at Chechessee Creek.
Collar said this event is modeled after the many one-day tournaments offered by the S.C. Golf Association. It's strictly for fun and no Honors Cup points will be awarded.
"It really just gives the guys a chance to get out there and play a course they can't normally get on," Collar said.
The final addition is the exact opposite of the one-day event. Collar added the closing tournament to satisfy members who complained there weren't enough opportunities for golfers to earn points toward the Honors Cup.
The annual Honors Cup pits the area's 12 best amateurs of the year against the 12 best professionals of the year. Teams are determined by a points system of various pre-determined tournaments.
"We've added a fourth opportunity to get points, with the Honors Cup being late this year," Collar said. "So they've got it. They can jump in and get some more points."
The HHIAGA, in its 31st year, is now up to 240 members, according to Collar.
The organization is open to full-time Beaufort County residents and property owners, ages 18 and older. All events are flighted and handicapped so that all can compete within their skill level.
"Everything is going great, so far," Collar said. "One thing we've always had is great venues, and we have them again this year."
Details: Bob Collar at 843-816-0898 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 HHIAGA SCHEDULE
March 22-23 -- Senior Championship & Opening Tournament, Oyster Reef Golf Club, Hilton Head Island
May 18 -- First Annual Father Child Tournament, Bear Creek Country Club, Hilton Head Island
June 21-22 -- Hilton Head Island Amateur Championship, Bear Creek Golf Club, Hilton Head Island
July 19-20 -- Better Ball Championship, Moss Creek North Course, Bluffton
Aug. 24 -- 27-Hole Challenge, Callawassie Golf Club, Okatie
Aug. 30 -- One-Day Tournament, Chechessee Golf Course, Chechessee
Oct. 18-19 -- Closing Tournament, Oldfield Golf Club, Okatie
McDONALD RUNS AWAY WITH HURRICANE WIN
Ricky McDonald cruised to victory Wednesday at Eagle's Pointe Golf Club in Bluffton, winning a Hurricane Pro Golf Tour event by seven strokes. It was his third win of the season.
McDonald had rounds of 69, 67 and 70 to finish with a 7-under-par 206. Jesse Smith was the nearest competitor, coming in at even-par 213. Smith had won the previous two tournaments.
Next up on the schedule is a one-day, 18-hole event on Friday at Island West Golf Club in Bluffton, followed by a match play event March 17-19 at Island West.
Hurricane Pro Golf Tour
March 10-12, at Eagle's Pointe Golf Club, Bluffton; Par 71
Ricky McDonald 69-67-70--206
Jesse Smith 75-69-69--213
Paul Woodbury 69-72-74--215
Nathan Irvin 76-68-72--216
David Kalpak 76-70-73--219
AJ Sanders 75-71
Colby Wilson 74-72
Matt Bova 76-72
Joel Hendry 79-70
John Wright 77-73
Kyle Vincze 80-79
Robert Hickok 84-76
Colin Hawkins 82-79
Preston Flick 82-WD