The RBC Heritage
, South Carolina’s lone annual PGA Tour event, draws players to Hilton Head
from every corner of the planet. But for golf professionals who earned their stripes playing in the S.C. Junior Golf Association’s nationally-recognized developmental programs, or played in other junior events in the state, the Heritage holds a special place.
No wonder, then, that four of the best on the PGA Tour who have at some point called South Carolina home, if only for a junior tournament week – Lucas Glover
, Jonathan Byrd
, Kyle Stanley and Charles Howell III – are among the most eager participants in this year’s 45th RBC Heritage, April 15-21 at Hilton Head’s Harbour Town Golf Links
The lineup starts with Greenville
native Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open Champion, Presidents Cup member and a member of the 2001 Walker Cup team while attending Clemson and playing on the Tigers’ golf team. Glover, who missed much of the 2012 campaign after an early-season knee injury, owns three PGA Tour victories and has played well to start the 2013 season. This will be Glover’s 11th appearance at the Heritage.
Byrd, an Anderson native who grew up in Columbia
, also played for the Clemson golf team alongside Glover, D.J. Trahan, Charles Warren and others. Byrd played on the 1999 Walker Cup team while at Clemson
and has won five times on the PGA Tour since 2002. Now a resident of nearby St. Simons Island, Ga., he played in 10 straight RBC Heritage tournaments before missing 2012 for the birth of his third child.
Stanley, a native of Gig Harbor, Wash., played for Clemson after spending much of his high school career at Hilton Head. He won the 2005 Sea Pines Junior Heritage and competed in the Players Amateur, also held on Hilton Head. Winner of the 2012 Waste Management Open in Phoenix, Stanley maintains a residence in Bluffton’s Berkeley Hall community and will play in his second RBC Heritage.
Howell, a native of Augusta, never has lived in South Carolina but won the Sea Pines Junior Heritage twice, in 1994 and 1996. A two-time PGA Tour winner, he will make his eighth RBC Heritage appearance.
The foursome joins such notables in this year’s field as defending British Open champion Ernie Els, 2010 PGA Champion Martin Kaymer, past U.S. Open winners Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk, and past Heritage winners Boo Weekley, Brian Gay, Brandt Snedeker and defending champion Carl Petterson.
For information on this year’s event or to purchase tickets, go to www.rbcheritage.com
or call (843) 671-2448.