Bluffton golfer Bryson Nimmer nearly fulfilled a lifelong dream by earning an invitation to play in next year’s RBC Heritage presented by Boeing when he finished second at the 19th annual Players Amateur, losing on the second playoff hole at Berkeley Hall.
Hilton Head Sports
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.
Christopher 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.
Bluffton native Gus Dean posted his ninth consecutive top-10 finish in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards when he placed sixth at the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 on July 21 in Brownsburg, Ind.
“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.
Golf pros know: Golf can seem terribly complicated to beginners. So many rules, so many different kinds of clubs. And then there's the lingo: birdies, bogeys, bump-and-runs. Golf pros and instructors speak this language every day, but also know it's a language that can scare prospective golfers off before they ever pick up a club.
More than 100 tennis players from around the country converged on Dataw Island on June 16-18 to compete in Dataw Splash, an annual U.S. Tennis Association level-three tournament.
Dataw Island, a gated golf, tennis and boating community, has hosted the tournament for several years. In 2015, the community turned the Splash tournament into a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, a tradition that has continued. To date, the event has raised more than $6,500 for Soar Special Recreation, a nonprofit group offering activities and recreation for Lowcountry residents with special needs.