Golf

Bob Gillespie

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Sea Pines Junior Heritage: Back in business in 2014 for young players and families

Posted 2/7/2013 11:23:00 AM

Of all the many junior golf tournaments around the country, few can boast an alumni list to rival the Sea Pines Junior Heritage. Started as a small local event in the mid-1980s before expanding to bring in players from around the Southeast in 1989, the two-day, 36-hole event includes among its past champions such PGA Tour stars as Charles Howell III, Sean O’Hair and former Clemson standout Kyle Thompson, now a Hilton Head resident, as well as past girls winners and current LPGA players Paula Creamer, Candie Kung, Virada Nirapathpongporn and Alexis Thompson.

The tournament will not be held this year and at one point was in danger of being a casualty of economics, but officials recently announced the Junior Heritage will be staged Feb. 1-2, 2014, the event’s traditional dates. Sea Pines Resort is partnering with the South Carolina Junior Golf Association, which will conduct the event, and receiving support from the Heritage Classic Foundation.

“We are excited to be a part of the rich tradition that is the Junior Heritage,” said Happ Lathrop, executive director of the S.C. Golf Association. Steve Wilmot, executive director of the Heritage Classic Foundation, said the SCGA’s involvement “will only help to further showcase this great tournament.”

During the tournament, Sea Pines Resort also will unveil its new clubhouse facility, which will serve the resort’s Ocean Course and the Heron Point by Pete Dye. “The renovations will only enhance what is already a nationally ranked junior event,” said Sea Pines director of operations Cary Corbitt.

The revival of the Junior Heritage means players, and their families, who have planned their schedules and vacations around the tournament in past years now can do so again. For information about participating in the Junior Heritage, contact SCJGA director Chris Miller at (803) 732-9331 or e-mail cmiller@scgolf.com, or go to www.scjga.com. Information is also available on Facebook and Twitter.