There were a lot of memorable moments in golf during 2011, including some that were special to the Lowcountry. In no particular order, here's a quick look back at some of the highlights from the past year.
--It was a breakout year in professional golf. In the men's majors, Charl Schwartzel pulled a shocker in winning the Masters; Rory McIlroy won the U.S. Open; Darren Clarke claimed the British Open; and in August, Keegan Bradley who a year earlier was competing in the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island, won the PGA Championship which will be played this year at Kiawah Island Club's Ocean Course.
Yani Tseng won 11 times on the LPGA Tour, including two majors. And former Rice Planters Amateur winner Tom Lehman had three wins, including his second major on the Champions Tour. And Tiger Woods scored the winning point as the U.S. defeated the International team, 19-15, in the Presidents Cup.
--It was announced in June that RBC (the Royal Bank of Canada) had agreed to a five-year deal as the title sponsor of the PGA Tour's Heritage golf tournament on Hilton Head Island. Boeing also agreed to become the local presenting sponsor. The sponsorship agreements saved the event, which has been on the PGA Tour calendar since 1969.
--In September it was announced that Lea Anne Brown of Mount Pleasant would become the 60th golfer and 14th female golfer to be inducted into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame. Among her many accomplishments are 13 wins in the Charleston Women's City Amateur.
--The U.S. Golf Association announced in August that the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur would be played at the Country Club of Charleston.
--Austin Cody of North Charleston, who had just finished his freshman year at Duke, earned a popular victory in the Rice Planters Amateur at Snee Farm in June. Cody made four birdies over the final nine holes to tie the tournament record with an 18-under-par 270.
--Frank Ford III of Charleston finished third in the British Senior Amateur, played in August. The S.C. Golf Hall of Fame member led after each of the first two rounds.
--In May, Tom Bullock won his second Charleston Men's City Amateur played at Municipal Golf Course, shooting a 32 on the final nine holes for a two-shot win over Tadd Brown. He also teamed with Jonothan Smith in March to win back-to-back City Four-Ball titles and in November combined with Lea Anne Brown to win the Johnny Adams Mixed Team title.
--Kory Thompson, the sister of pro golfer Kyle Thompson and at the time the Charleston Southern women's golf coach, won the Charleston Ladies City Amateur at Municipal Golf Course by 23 shots in May.
--Cheng-Tsung Pan, an 18-year-old from Chinese Taipei, shattered the tournament record in March, shooting 19-under-par 265 to win the Azalea Invitational at the Country Club of Charleston.
--Jessica Hoang of North Augusta and Andrew Novak of Mount Pleasant won their respective divisions in the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea played at the Country Club of Charleston in August.
--Veteran Ken Duke won the Nationwide Tour Championship played at Daniel Island Club in October. It was the last year of a three-year deal for the event to be played at Daniel Island, but the event could return next year.
--In November, Bert Atkinson won the City Senior Amateur at Municipal Golf Course by nine shots after shooting 215.
--Around the state, Furman's Austin Reeves won the S.C. Amateur played at Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton in August...Scott Harvey of Greensboro won the Carolinas Amateur in August at the Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach...Brady Exber of Las Vegas birdied the final hole of regulation and then birdied the second hole of sudden death in late September to edge Dennis Helms of Monroe, N.C., in the Senior Azalea Invitational at the Country Club of Charleston...Cecilia Fournil of Columbia won the Women's S.C. Golf Association Amateur stroke-play championship in September at Daniel Island Club.
--Feb. 10: College of Charleston baseball Take Me Out to the Ballgame tournament, Patriots Point Links, $100 per player, call (843) 953-3683 or go to cofcsports.com.
Reach Tommy Braswell at (843) 937-5591.