VIDEO: Bostonians focus on job at hand at Heritage

info@islandpacket.comApril 19, 2013 

Staying focused on the course was not an issue Friday for Boston resident and Brookline, Mass., native James Driscoll, despite awaking to headlines of a massive manhunt for one of two suspects wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings earlier in the week.

"I did a pretty good job of staying focused on what I had to do to make the cut," Driscoll said. "Obviously, before the round, I was glued to the TV and have been watching a lot of the news over the last few days. I thought about it a little bit, but it's not taking away from my focus."

Driscoll announced Thursday he will donate $1,000 for every birdie he makes this week and next week to One Fund Boston to help victims of Monday's Boston Marathon bombings.

Driscoll, who lives two blocks from the bombing site, chipped in $4,000 from his 3-over par opening round Thursday and tallied another $3,000 Friday.

New England native John Farrell, director of golf at Sea Pines Resort, said he was interested in the chain of events unfolding Friday morning in Boston, but said the same was true for everyone.

"I think everyone is concerned," he said.

His job keeps him so occupied that near the end of play Friday he asked who was leading the tournament.

BOEING FLYOVER

Boeing's showcased its newest 747-8 airplane by making two low-altitude passes along the 18th fairway at about noon Friday.

"We couldn't fly the 787, obviously, because we're still dealing with the battery situation," said Jack Jones, Boeing South Carolina vice president and general manager. "So when the question came up, 'Will you even be able to do a flyover?' (as it did at last year's tournament), the first airplane I wanted was the 747. It's an iconic airplane."

With the most advanced wing and engine combination, the 747-8 is quieter, produces lower emissions and achieves better fuel economy than previous 747 freighters, according to Boeing. The airplane, in the Cargolux livery, will be the eighth 747-8 to be delivered to the freighter launch customer. The world's most efficient freighter has a maximum takeoff weight of 987,000 pounds and could hold about 19 million golf balls in its cargo compartment.

CONCERT TONIGHT

One of Hilton Head Island's most popular bands, the Headliners, is to perform after play today at the Heritage Lawn between the 17th green and 18th tee at Harbour Town Golf Links.

The concert is to last until 8 p.m.

A NEW EXPERIENCE

A petty thief apparently turned over a new leaf Thursday after walking out of a booth on the Heritage Lawn with a golf club.

A security guard at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing returned an 8-iron to the RBC Experience booth near the 18th tee on Friday.

He said an inebriated man gave it to him near the 18th green and said he decided he should not have taken it.

In the booth, fans are able to learn about touring pros sponsored by RBC and have their picture made swinging a club. Their picture comes out as a mock cover of a Golf Digest magazine.

BALL HITS WOMAN IN STANDS

A woman in bleachers near the 9th green at Harbour Town Golf Links was struck by a Marc Leishman's wayward approach shot from a wooded area off the right side of the fairway.

Leishman, hitting off pine straw, tried to play a big draw through an opening in the trees but instead struck the woman on the head. She was taken to Hilton Head Hospital by medics with the Town of Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division. Her condition was not known Friday evening, and a Fire & Rescue spokeswoman declined to release her name, citing federal medical privacy laws.

The woman, whose head was bandaged while still at the course, appeared alert and was talking.

Leishman gave her his glove.

Compiled by staff writers David Lauderdale and Tom Barton

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