RBC Heritage

Tykes rule Tartan Day again

Twin 5-year-old boys Eli and Cooper Quillen of Piedmont, clad in matching tartan outfits complete with caps, knee socks and clubs, won Saturday's Tartan Day competition for the second consecutive year.

The twins nabbed the fan-favorite prize after tournament officials posted their picture on the Heritage Classic Foundation's Facebook page, along with 13 other photos. The Quillen twins got 10 "likes" by the time the contest closed at 5 p.m., earning them two clubhouses passes to next year's tournament.

As for mascot Sir William "Willie" Innes' pick, infant Hannah Claire Standefer, sporting a tartan headband with a bow and a T-shirt that read "Got my plaid on," also took home a prize.

Willie said "the wee ones" were his favorite contestants of the day.

There's no back-up prize if the tournament doesn't return next year, tournament spokeswoman Angela McSwain said.

"We're optimistic the tournament will be back," she said.

GOLDIE OLDIE

One of the voices on the 18th green may sound familiar to longtime Hilton Head Islanders.

It belongs to a Dave Leininger, who was known on the air as Dave Lindsey when Jack Henry opened Hilton Head Island's first radio station, WHHR-FM, in 1973.

Leininger was with the station until he entered the seminary in 1981. He's back on the island now and in his second year as one of the volunteers who announce the players in the Heritage as they approach the 18th green at Harbour Town Golf Links.

During the early tournaments, Leininger hosted a two-hour live show from 7 to 9 p.m. after each round called "The Heritage Round Table." His co-host was islander Bert Yancey, who tied for second in the first Heritage.

Yancey, then a golf instructor on Hilton Head, and "Dave Lindsey" also talked golf for five minutes every weekday morning on WHHR.

EASTER

Aaron Baddelley said he would speak about his life over the past two years at the Easter Sunrise Service at 7:30 a.m. today at the 18th green.

"I'll be sharing my testimony," Baddelley said.

Baddelley won the 2006 Heritage after speaking at the service. It also was his first anniversary, and his wife, Richelle, is with him again this week.

The service is sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Pastors around the island often try to work golf into their sermons during the Heritage.

But the Rev. Greg Kronz of St. Luke's Episcopal Church said he won't mix golf with Easter.

He did mix the two in his remarks Friday during "The Seven Last Words from the Cross" service that included seven pastors and was hosted by St. Luke's.

Kronz spoke on "it is finished" from John 19.

"The perfect round of golf would be a score of 18," he said. "No one has ever been close, and that's how far short we fall from God's holiness. But Jesus finished what we are lacking."

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