March news and notes

Indigo Run hosting SPMA Golf Classic
The 2nd annual Sea Pines Montessori Academy Golf Classic is set for March 14 at The Golf Club at Indigo Run. Proceeds benefit the SPMA. The format is a four-player team scramble. Registration is at 11 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at noon. Beverages will be provided during the round. An awards banquet and open bar will follow play. The cost is $150 per player or $600 per four-player team. SPMA is a private, non-profit school serving families from Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. For more information call Marc Bergman at 843-683-6106 or e-mail

Local courses honored in Rolex rankings
Harbour Town Golf Links, located inside Sea Pines Resort, was listed 96th in the 2013-14 edition of America’s 100 Greatest Courses and 18th on the list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. The Rolex course rankings were published in Golf Digest in February. May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff was 27th on the public courses list. Just outside of the top 100 were Long Cove Club (138), Sucession Golf Club (150), Colleton River’s Nicklause Course (160) and Chechessee Creek Club (178).

Local golfer hits double eagle
Jerry Fiore made the shot of a lifetime on Feb. 3 at Hampton Hall Club, sinking an extremely rare double eagle on hole No. 11. Fiore made the 260-yard shot during Hampton Hall’s Super Bowl Extravaganza Tournament. He used a Taylor Made RocketBallz 3 Wood.

Hampton Hall, Palmetto Dunes courses certified by Audubon
The golf course at Hampton Hall and the Robert Trent Jones course at Palmetto Dunes each have been recognized as an Aududon Cooperative Sanctuary. The certification from Audubon International is given to courses that meet a list of standards that contribute to the conservation of biological diversity. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas. There are 25 courses in South Carolina and 996 in the world that have received the honor.

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.

HHIJGA announces Spring 2013 class
The Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy has announced its Spring 2013 class, which represents 22 countries and 22 states. Countries represented are Australia, Canada, China, Columbia, Ecuador, Estonia, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Panama, Serbia, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. The full-time golf program at Hank Haney IJGA consists of spending half a day on golf instruction. For the second half, students in grades five through 12 attend school at the Heritage Academy.

Group leaders play free at Sea Pines Resort
Sea Pines Resort announces its new 2013 group golf package featuring play on its trio of layouts -- Heron Point by Pete Dye, Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links -- and complimentary golf for the group organizer. Offered for groups of 12 or more, it additionally includes three nights’ deluxe villa accommodations, welcome reception, personal on-site coordinator, free range balls and unlimited replay rounds. The package starts at $179 per golfer, per night. Call 843-842-1488 for more information.


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