Local Notes

Strong field set for RBC Heritage

bspear@thestate.comMarch 24, 2013 

If the cast of characters from the 2012 U.S. Open can produce an encore performance on Hilton Head Island, the 45th RBC Heritage Classic could develop into the event’s most memorable.

Remember the ’12 Open? Webb Simpson earned the title by one stroke over Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson, and Jim Furyk also figured in the down-the-stretch drama at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

All four will be at Harbour Town Golf Links for the April 18-21 Heritage that could have its strongest field in years. Reigning British Open champion Ernie Els, who owns four major titles, returns, and former Heritage champ Brandt Snedeker has been among the PGA Tour’s best players this year. In addition, Carl Pettersson will defend his title against the likes of Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, KJ Choi and Nicolas Colsaerts.

Daily tickets and weeklong badges are on sale at www.rbcheritage.com or by calling the tournament office at (843) 671-2448.

Chip shots

The team of Bernie Shealy and Walter Odiorne birdied the final three holes to pull away and win the SCGA’s Senior Four-Ball tourney at the Country Club of Lexington. The champions posted rounds of 66-66—132 to win by three strokes over the duo of Bill Smunk and Bill Palmer, who closed with a 65. ... The South Carolina team dominated junior golfers from the province of Ontario to win the Can-Am team matches 256½-175 ½ at Wachesaw Plantation Club in Murrells Inlet. Teams consisted of eight boys and eight girls with 18 points available in match. ... In sectional qualifying for the CGA’s Carolinas Mid-Am at Greer, five players — Matt Wilson (Spartanburg), Dustin McCrary (Statesville, N.C.), Carey Smith (Abbeville), Mickey Plyler (Clemson) and Phil Blake (Asheville, N.C.) — earned berths in the tournament set for Raleigh Country Club in April. ... Jason Mitchell, who has been associated with Myrtle Beach golf since 2006, will add the head professional duties at Waterway Hills GC to his identical responsibilities at Arcadian Shores. A graduate of Ohio University, he worked in Arizona, Indonesia, Florida, California and North Carolina before settling on the Grand Strand.

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