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RBC Heritage memories: The streaker witness

Celeste F. Lister, 98, of Hilton Head Island, sits for a portrait at her home in TidePointe on April 6, 2015. Lister recalls To watch a video, go to: http://bit.ly/1GtAVVk
Celeste F. Lister, 98, of Hilton Head Island, sits for a portrait at her home in TidePointe on April 6, 2015. Lister recalls To watch a video, go to: http://bit.ly/1GtAVVk Staff photo

Celeste Lister's favorite memory at Harbour Town is a true exposè.

She's one of the few remaining eye witnesses to the legendary pair of streakers who flashed their way into local lore during the 1974 Heritage.

The now 98-year-old Hilton Head Island resident was in the gallery on the 16th hole that day. She recalls that a car pulled into the garage of a nearby home under construction.

"These two endowed people (ran out from the garage) and started running across the golf course," she said.

Everybody laughed and squealed. And a man across the fairway held out his arms as if he were going to catch the naked man, she said.

"Everybody was hollering, 'Grab the woman, for Pete's sake. Don't grab the man.'"

Lister said the streakers dodged their way to a vehicle waiting on the other side and disappeared into history.

The media made sure the event became part of Heritage history.

The Associated Press deemed it "golf's first exposure to streakers." And a North Carolina newspaper marked the occasion with the headline: "Miller ignores streakers, wins Heritage," referring to Johnny Miller's wire-to-wire win.

Other media reports claimed a third streaker made an appearance that day, too. The UPI reported that a lone male also "ran naked by the 18th fairway where a crowd of some 7,000 sun-splashed golf fans were gathered."

Miller was then a red-hot, 26-year-old phenom.

"Yeah, I saw them running on the 16th fairway," he later told the media of the pair of streakers. "But after the birdie on 15, I had no tension whatsoever. Nothing could bother me."

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