Belfair

The 2019 PGA Professional Championship, the world’s largest all-professional event with a 312-player field, will come to Belfair from April 28 to May 1. The field will be comprised of players who advanced from the 41 PGA Section Championships, along with past champions. The low 20 scorers at Belfair will earn a spot in the 2019 PGA Championship, to be played May 16-19 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. All four rounds of the PGA Professional Championship will be broadcast live on Golf Channel.

The International Junior Golf Academy has opened enrollment for its 2018 Junior Golf Winter Camp. The program, which is open to boys and girls ages 10-19, will be held at the Old Carolina campus in Bluffton. Under the direction of Jonathan Yarwood, British PGA master professional and IJGA director of golf, students will practice in the newly renovated 20,000-square-foot IJGA Performance Training Center as well as outdoors. For more information, go to ijga.com.

TOURNAMENT CHAIRMANThe Heritage Classic Foundation has announced that Southern Tide, a premier coastal lifestyle and apparel brand, has signed a multi-year agreement to be the official style sponsor of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. This is the first time the Heritage Classic Foundation has partnered with a lifestyle apparel brand. The 51st annual RBC Heritage will be held April 15-21 at Harbour Town Golf Links. Tickets are on sale at rbcheritage.com.

International Junior Golf Academy students took 11 Top 10 finishes in the International Junior Golf Tour’s Florida Junior tournament, held Sept. 15-16 at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, Florida.

“We made up less than 25 percent of the field but recorded a slew of top- 3s and a win,” said IJGA director of golf Jonathan Yarwood.

LOCAL PLAYERS HAVE EYES ON VICTORY AT BERKELEY HALL EVENT

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The list of golfers who have won the Players Amateur is impressive, but the list of players who have teed it up in the Lowcountry’s premier amateur golf event without hoisting the trophy is even more eye-popping.

REALTORS AND MORTGAGE LENDERS CELEBRATE TOURNAMENT’S 25TH YEAR

tournament2A beautiful day set the stage May 7 for area Realtors and mortgage lenders to tee off at their annual golf and tennis tournament, and big money was at stake. But not necessarily for the winners — the top golfers and tennis players earned gift certificates donated by local businesses — but, rather, for local nonprofit groups that work to improve quality of life in the Lowcountry.

Pro golferNick Faldo presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the International Junior Golf Academy’s new Performance Training Center in Bluffton. IJGA recently undertook a $2 million building renovation turning a 20,000-square-foot horse barn at Old Carolina into a state-of-the-art indoor training facility for junior golfers.

JOHN FARRELL TALKS SEA PINES, HERITAGE PREP AND MORE

John FarrellSpend time with John Farrell and you’ll quickly see that more than three decades in the Lowcountry have loosened the soil around this sharp-witted jokester’s Yankee roots.

But if the conversation turns to Sea Pines Resort, where Farrell has been employed as a golf professional since 1989, the tone turns more earnest.

A GUIDE TO THE LANGUAGE OF GOLF

Do you find yourself nodding along in vague agreement whenever golf fans get together? Tired of pretending like you know what they’re talking about?

Here are a few golf terms that might help you fake your way through Heritage week with at least a little more authority.