A press release that came out earlier this week regarding the Heritage golf tournament's economic impact did not mention something that could have a major impact on the 2011 Heritage.
Next year's event (and officials are saying the tournament will be played sponsor or no sponsor) will not be going up against another major South Carolina sporting event. The Family Circle Cup women's tennis tournament on Daniel Island is being moved back a week and will be played opposite the Masters in Augusta, Ga. That should be good for local sports fans.
The economic impact study, conducted during the 2010 Heritage by Clemson University's International Institute for Tourism Research and Development, offered some enlightening numbers. The PGA Tour event brought nearly $82 million to the state. Jobs supported by the Heritage numbered 1,115. Taxes and other fees generated by economic activity, minus expenses incurred, total $4.09 million locally and $8.56 million on the state level.
Since 2001, spending by visitors and spending by the Heritage Classic Foundation created almost $660 million in total output, more than $62 million in net state government revenues and $26 million in net local government revenues. The average Heritage visitor spends $345 per day. Fifty-seven percent play golf at least once during their Heritage stay.
Verizon announced last year it was opting not to renew its longtime relationship with the Heritage and the event along with the PGA Tour is searching for a new title sponsor. Here's hoping some group with see the event as a great marketing tool so the residents of South Carolina will benefit.
Moore heads S.C. qualifier
Caulder Moore, who will be a freshman at the University of South Carolina this fall, was the medalist in a local S.C. Amateur qualifying tournament played at Lake Marion Golf Course in Santee. Moore posted a 5-under-par 67 to nip Jonathan Rustin of Mount Pleasant. Other area qualifiers included: David Connor, Summerville, 71; Gettys Glaze, Charleston, 72; Matt Laydon, Charleston, 72; Jarrett Swan, Mount Pleasant, 72; Jonathan Alkis, Charleston, 72; David Evans, Mount Pleasant, 73; Chris Asbell, 73; and Andy Gianoukos, 73.
The S.C. Amateur will be played Aug. 5-8 at Columbia Country Club.
Coosaw wins Interclub
Coosaw Creek Country Club won the Charleston Area Men's Interclub Golf Association match played at Crowfield, posting a score of 30 points. Charleston National finished second with 16, followed by RiverTowne with 13. Sal Acosta of Coosaw Creek was the top individual, recording 11 points. David Shuckstes of Charleston National, Brian O'Melia of Wescott, David Heffernan of RiverTowne and Jim Howell of Coosaw Creek all finished with 9 points.
Rivertowne leads the overall standings with 72 points, followed by: Crowfield, 68.5; Miler, 66; Shadowmoss, 65; Legend Oaks, 63.5; Pine Forest, 57; Stono Ferry, 56.5; Dunes West, 53.5; Charleston National, 52; Berkeley, 48.5; Coosaw Creek, 48; Wescott, 47; Charleston Municipal, 45.5.
Blade Junior Classic
Reona Hirai of Summerville finished fourth with a 77-77--154 and Elizabeth Thompson of Charleston was fifth at 78-77--155 in The Blade Junior Golf Classic girls 14-18 age group, played at Thornblade Club in Greer. Morgan Webber of Moore won the girls title with a two-round total of 148, while Stephen Behr of Florence won the boys title with a score of 139.
EGOLF Amateur Tour
Chris Burnett posted a 152 to beat David Kane in the Charleston EGOLF Amateur Tour event played at Lake Marion Golf Course and Santee Cooper Country Club. Flight winners included: A -- Mark Ducker, 154; Mark Harrison, 154. B -- Roger Vanderford, 157; Tony Capehart, 163. C -- Tommy Bryant, 164; Mickey Rogers, 167. D -- Sean Teal, 176; Marlon Jones, 182. Contact Tim Sumption at (843) 628-9121.
--JULY 29-30: 14th annual Monica Kreber Golf Tournament and Blue Dogs Concert to benefit MUSC's Charles P. Darby Children's Research Institute, Wild Dunes, $175 per golf or $700 peer team for golf (July 30) or $50 per person for concert (July 29), visit www.musckids.com.
--AUG. 7-8: 12th annual Roger McManus Memorial Golf Classic to benefit the S.C. Chapter of the ALS Association, two-person best ball, $350 per team, entry deadline is Aug. 2, contact Ron Jones at (843) 577-2026, David Brown at (843) 760-7373 or Trey Smith at (843) 860-8600.
--AUG. 7: Trip Page Classic, Harbor Course-Wild Dunes Resort, $125 per player or $500 foursome, contact Christi S. Page at (843) 469-2835 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
--AUG. 9-11: Beth Daniel Junior Azalea, Country Club of Charleston, (843) 795-2312.
--Aug. 27: 4th annual Tommy Cuthbert Charity Classic to benefit the Hollings Cancer Center-Lung Division, Turtle Point-Kiawah Island Golf Resort, $150 per player, contact Tiffany Pickard at (843) 266-4634 or email@example.com.