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Sharpe swings into Hilton Head Island

HILTON HEAD ISLAND will not have to wait for the PGA Tour's annual April stop at Harbour Town to check out star power. Instead, fans can receive an early dose of famous athletes on the links with Sterling Sharpe's appearance in the eGolf Professional Tour's Palmetto Hall Championship this week.

Sharpe, a record-setting wide receiver for South Carolina and the Green Bay Packers, is no stranger to the golf course with a handicap around 0. He has appeared in various PGA Tour-sponsored pro-ams, the American Charity Classic that features personalities from other sports, and teamed with Steve Spurrier to win a pair of Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge championships.

Sharpe will be one of 204 players competing in the tournament with a purse of $235,000. The field will play two rounds over the Cupp and Hill courses Wednesday and Thursday before the low 70 and ties compete in the final two rounds Friday and Saturday.

Other notable entries include Tadd Fujikawa, who posted a 62 in the third round of the PGA Tour's 2009 Sony Open, and former British Amateur champion Drew Weaver.

Chapin course to host tour

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour will make a stop at Chapin's Timberlake Country Club next weekend in the Columbia Junior Challenge. The top 10 finishers in each division will receive points toward postseason awards, player of the year and the All-HGJT team. The winner in each division earns an automatic bid to the organization's season-ending tournament.

Tigers finish third

Clemson launched its spring season with a third-place team finish in the 15-team Jacksonville Invitational on Monday and Tuesday. Senior Ben Martin (Greenwood) led the Tigers with a three-round total of 222 and shared third place. The Tigers travel to the Puerto Rico Classic on Feb. 21-23.

Both the South Carolina men's and women's teams open their spring schedules Feb. 22-23. The men compete in the Johnny Palmer Invitational at Old North State in New London, N.C. and the women will play in the Central District Invitational at the River Wilderness Golf and Country Club course in Parrish, Fla.

Clinics scheduled

The South Carolina Junior Golf Association will conduct five Club 4 Kids clinics next month: March 6, Palmetto Dunes Resort, Hilton Head, 1-3 p.m.; March 13, River Chase Golf Club, Union, 1-3 p.m.; March 20, Golf Club at Wescott Plantation, North Charleston, 3-5 p.m.; March 26, Creek Golf Club, Spartanburg, 4 p.m.; and March 27, Cobb's Glen Golf Club, Anderson, 1-3 p.m.

Ages 6-18 are invited to participate in the free program. Each junior will receive a free club and instruction. For information, contact Justin Fleming at jfleming@scgolf.org or (803) 732-9311.

Deadline upcoming

The entry deadline is Wednesday for the SCGA's Partners Championship, which will be held March 6-7 at Spring Valley Country Club and the Members Club at Woodcreek Farms. The field will be limited to 112 teams; proceeds will be donated to the SCJGA. For details, contact the SCGA at www.scgolf.org or (803) 732-9311.

Golf Calendar

MONDAY: SCGA 40-Plus Tournament, Colleton River Plantation (Dye Course), Bluffton. Contact: SCGA, (803)732-9311

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY: CGA Island Four-Ball Getaway Tournament, Casa de Campo Resort, DominicanRepublic. Contact: CGA, (910) 673-1000

THURSDAY: SCGA Senior One-Day, Mid Carolina CC, Prosperity. Contact: SCGA, (803)732-9311

SATURDAY: AJGT Junior Event, River Falls Plantation, Duncan. Contact: AJGT, (704) 540-9455

SATURDAY-FEB. 21: HJGT Junior Event, Timberlake CC, Chapin. Contact: HJGT, (904) 379-2697

SATURDAY-FEB. 21: SCJGA Pee Wee Championship, Greenwood CC. Contact: SCGA, (803) 732-9311

FEB. 21: SCGA One-Day, Golden Hills G&CC, Lexington. Contact: SCGA, (803)732-9311

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