INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR GOLF ACADEMY FINDS NEW LIFE

Andrew Summers had big dreams when he bought Bluffton’s Old Carolina Golf Club: The club and golf course would become home base for an academy for junior golfers. The dream is closer to fruition thanks to a recent $2 million renovation that has reimagined the International Junior Golf Academy and set it apart from the competition.

Rec CenterRENOVATED ISLAND REC HOSTS FIRST BASKETBALL GAME

Hilton Head Island Recreation Center hosted the first basketball game Aug. 18 in its newly renovated facility, when deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office challenged firefighters from Town of Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue. The sheriff’s deputies won the “Guns vs. Hoses” basketball game — the final score was 65 to 31 — but a rematch is planned for next year. Hilton Head Island town manager Steve Riley received the game basketball and many thanks for his hard work on the Island Rec Center expansion project.

tennis05The Hilton Head Island-based Professional Tennis Registry announced that Peggy Edwards, director of communications and editor of TennisPro Magazine, was presented a 2018 Award for Publishing Excellence.  

The Big 10 coalition will host its sixth annual kick-off picnic from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Indigo Hall in Indigo Run Plantation. Coach Sharon Versyp, the women’s basketball coach at Purdue for the past 12 years, will be the speaker. She was inducted into both the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

PTR WHEELCHAIR TENNISThe best tennis players on two wheels are back on Hilton Head Island this month, when Professional Tennis Registry hosts the Wheelchair Tennis Championship at Chaplin Park Tennis Center and Hilton Head Motorcoach Resort. Cash donations, bottled water, food for lunches, and other items for the players are needed, as are scholarships to help players with entry fees and travel. To donate, contact Julie at 843-785-7244 or email  julie@prttennis.org. To volunteer during the championship or for more information, contact Paige at 843-785-7244 or paige@prttennis.org.

Fall is a popular time for charity golf tournaments on and around Hilton Head Island, and there’s a full slate lined up for September:

• Weichert Realtors-Coastal Properties will host the 12th annual Weichert Charity Golf and Tennis Event in Wexford Plantation on Sept. 10. This year's event will benefit Family Promise of Beaufort County. For more information, call 843-341-3700 or go to www.weichertcp.com/events.

SELF DEFENSE CLASSES BOOST CONFIDENCE

The ability to protect oneself against the threat of harm is one of the most basic and necessary of skills. It isn’t hard to imagine how not having this skill can impact one's self-confidence. The benefits are far reaching and immediate for adults and children alike.  

KITEBOARDING MUSICIAN A FAMILIAR SIGHT

If you frequent the Hilton Head Island music scene, chances are good you’ve seen Jos Vicars on stage. And if you spend much time on the island’s less-populated beaches, you’ve probably seen Vicars pursuing his other passion.

PICKLEBALL IS PICKING UP STEAM IN THE LOWCOUNTRY

Pickleball3The funny name might raise an eyebrow, and the analogy to playing ping-pong on a badminton court might be tough to wrap your head around, but more and more Lowcountry residents are falling in love with pickleball.

While some devoted tennis players are reluctant to embrace the game, others find it to be a great alternative thanks to its smaller court and quick pace. Take, for example, Christine McGrath, a top touring pro who discovered pickleball after playing collegiate tennis.