IF YOU’VE SPENT ANY TIME ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND’S BEACHES, THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE YOU’VE WITNESSES THE WORLD’S OLDEST KNOWN SPORT

No, not Frisbee or sand castle building, but bocce. The Old World game has gained popularity with a new generation. Bocce also is a good fit for Hilton Head because the equipment is easy to bring along and the game involves the perfect effortto- entertainment ratio for a day at the beach.

The 10th annual Tiger Bass Race Series will be held at 8 a.m. Sept. 16 at Hampton Lake in Bluffton. The event includes a 15K run or walk, a 5K run and a 1-mile run/walk, with all proceeds going to Memory Matters and River Ridge Academy.

With help from Rob Fyfe and his team at Palmetto Running Company, race participants will enjoy live music and a patriotic send-off at the starting line. Waiting at the finish line is a party featuring music, complimentary concessions from the Downtown Curbside Kitchen food truck, face-painting by Sassi Faces and more.

Hilton Head Island’s Will Miles finished seventh at the 111th Southern Amateur Championship from July 19-22 in Pinehurst, N.C.

Miles, a standout at the University of South Carolina, was tied for third and one off the lead heading into the final round of the prestigious event.

Coach Wes

GOLF IS SIMPLE ENOUGH A CHILD CAN LEARN IT, BUT COMPLEX ENOUGH FOR A LIFETIME OF STUDY.

On a steamy summer evening at Eagle’s Pointe Golf Club in Bluffton, about a dozen parents gathered around Nick Dunham to learn how to help their kids succeed on the links and in other walks of life. Their children were participating in a six-week course on golf and life skills, presented by The First Tee of the Lowcountry.

First TeeChristopher Gaeta isn’t from Hilton Head Island, but the Lowcountry has earned an elevated place in his heart.

The 17-year-old New Jersey native comes to the island several times a year to visit family and work with golf instructor Rick Barry. He also spends part of his time on the island volunteering at The First Tee of the Lowcountry.

“By land or by sea, nobody’s faster than me.”

The winner of this summer’s first Atlantic Community Bank Beach Bum Triathlon, Jose Fuentes, could have said this if he’d wanted to, and it would have been true that brilliant Saturday morning when he crossed the finish line first. But Fuentes, a Hilton Head attorney and long-time triathlete, isn’t a braggart, and besides—the Beach Bum triathlons sponsored by Go Tri Sports are just for fun.  The carved and painted coconut monkeys in rows on a table near the finish line prove it. They’re the trophies.

The world’s best amateur golfers come from every corner of the globe to converge on Bluffton’s Berkeley Hall Club each July for the Players Amateur, but a pair of home-grown players have high hopes of earning spots in next year’s RBC Heritage.

Bluffton’s Bryson Nimmer and Hilton Head Island’s Will Miles will be among the talent-laden field for the third consecutive year, and after strong performances the past two summers, both are daring to dream about winning the prestigious event and earning an invitation to tee it up with the pros at Harbour Town Golf Links next April.

More than 150 people participated June 1 in “Fun in the Sun for Everyone,” a program that gives special needs children and adults and their families the opportunity to enjoy the beach in a safe and inclusive setting. The non-profit Pockets Full of Sunshine organization hosted this event in front of Marriott’s Surf Watch on Hilton Head Island. Activities included paddle boarding, boogie boarding, surfing, beach games, sand castle building and face painting. Volunteers instructors taught participants how to surf and paddleboard. More than 40 volunteers helped at the event. Outside Hilton Head and GoSurf Hilton Head provided paddleboards, surfboards and staff to help during the event.