Bigger images, bigger field planned for Heritage

bheffernan@islandpacket.comDecember 3, 2012 



  • Charitable play

    The Heritage Classic Foundation introduced a new donation program Monday. Heritage Champions Fore Charity membership requires a $1,000 donation to the foundation. Donors may choose from a list of nearly 100 charities. The selected nonprofit will receive an extra 20 percent of the designated amount from the foundation, given in the donor's name. Since its founding in 1987, the Heritage Classic Foundation has given more than $23 million to charities across South Carolina.

A Jumbotron video board will broadcast coverage across Harbour Town Golf Links when the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing is played this spring, one of several changes and improvements announced Monday for the 45th annual tournament.

The Jumbotron will be the centerpiece of the Heritage Lawn, an interactive spectator area with concessions, sponsor expos and hospitality tents near the 17th green and 18th tee box.

"It's where everyone's going to want to be," says Bill Wagner, the tournament's sales director.

The video board was one of several changes and new features announced Monday at Sponsors Day by tournament director Steve Wilmot for Hilton Head Island's annual PGA Tour event, to be played April 15-21.

Another change will be an expanded field -- 12 golfers will be added, bringing the total to 144 for the first and second rounds. An extra hour of play also is expected to be added.

In addition to the new features, the Patriot's Outpost skybox on the 16th hole will return. It is reserved for active-duty military, veterans and their dependents. Last year, more than 125 active-duty service members stopped by, according to Wagner.

"We were maybe one the first tournaments that actually offered the military ... and their dependents a free ticket for the day just by showing their ID cards," says Wagner. "We've been doing that for years, where other tournaments are just now getting on the bandwagon."

This is the second year of a five-year sponsorship agreement for both RBC and Boeing. Representatives from both spoke to the gathering on the day the tournament honors its sponsors.

"Boeing came to South Carolina three years ago, of course, to make airplanes and make an impact in that way, but we were looking for another way to make an impact, and what better way to do it than park in this great tradition," said John Moloney , senior director of Boeing's state and local government operations.

Also speaking Monday were Hilton Head Mayor Drew Laughlin and PGA Tour players Brian Harman and Harris English."We are very excited for the direction this tournament has taken, and we are proud to help sponsor it as it supports us and the state of South Carolina," Laughlin said.

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