February news and notes

Kyle Stanley switches to Nike Golf
Berkeley Hall touring professional Kyle Stanley has entered a multi-year agreement to represent Nike Golf in clubs, balls, footwear, glove, apparel, headwear and accessories. Stanley, 25, previously was with Titleist. Stanley won last year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open and finished 32nd on the PGA Tour in earnings with $2,351,857. He played college golf at Clemson and turned professional in 2009.

eGolf Tour opening season at Palmetto Hall
The eGolf Professional Tour will open its 2013 season Feb. 14-17 on Hilton Head Island with the fourth annual Palmetto Hall Championship presented by Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. The first two rounds will be played on both the Robert Cupp and Arthur Hills courses. The final round will be played on the Cupp course. More than 200 golfers are expected to participate for a purse of more than $150,000. The event will be followed by the Oldfield Open held Feb. 20-23 at Oldfield Country Club and Callawassie Island Club.

Palmetto Dunes course recognized by environmental group
The Robert Trent Jones course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. It is the fifth course on Hilton Head to receive the honor. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas such as environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management.

Seahawk Open coming to Sea Pines
The Hilton Head Island High School booster club is hosting the 2013 Seahawk Open golf tournament and awards gala on Feb. 17 at the Ocean Course at Sea Pines Resort. The format is a four-player team shamble. Registration is at 9 a.m. followed by a 10 a.m. shotgun start. The entry fee is $150 per golfer or $500 per team. For more information, contact Bob Rozek at 843-681-7273.  

USCB golf teams ranked
Both University of South Carolina-Beaufort golf teams enter the 2013 spring season ranked in NAIA preseason polls. The women’s team, which returned four of the five golfers that competed at the NAIA National Championships last season, is ranked No. 12. The men’s team returns just one of its five players from last season and is ranked No. 21 in the preseason poll. The 2013 season starts this month.

McDowell to play in RBC Heritage
Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell said he will be play in the 2013 RBC Heritage, set for April 15-21 at Harbour Town Golf Links. McDowell posted the following message on his Twitter account Jan. 1: “Excited to be part of the @RBC_Golf family. Doing great things in golf globally. Adding RBC Heritage and RBC Canadian Open to my 2013 sched.” McDowell has played the tournament three times. His best finish was T61 in 2011.

Celebrity golf tourney gives $100K to charities
The Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Foundation distributed $100,000 from this year’s Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament to 20 local children’s charities during a special event Dec. 18 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. The three-day tournament took pace over the summer and matched celebrities with amateur golfers. The 2013 tournament will take place Aug. 29-Sept. 1.

Local pros offer LPGA Girls Golf Club of Bluffton
Local golf instructors Jean Harris and Krista Dunton have created a club for girls interested in learning the game. The LPGA Girls Golf Club of Bluffton is open to ages 7-17 with limited space for girls ages 4-6. Bi-weekly events run through May at several golf courses in Bluffton. The cost for the program is $75. For more information, e-mail jean.golfdoctorharris@gmail.com.


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