PJ DozierUniversity of South Carolina sophomore guard PJ Dozier announced that he plans to submit his name for the 2017 NBA Draft, but has not hired an agent. Dozier will have until 10 days after the NBA Draft Combine, held May 9-14, to make his decision to remain in the draft, or decide to return to South Carolina for his junior year. Dozier was second on the team this season with 13.9 points per game, also dishing up a team-high 2.8 assists, pulling down 4.8 rebounds and collecting 1.7 steals per game.

Beaufort County golf facility leaders gathered to celebrate their ongoing commitment and collective effort to advance sustainable practices. The group’s 2016 collaboration was honored by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators and received the first-ever International Sustainable Golf Destination Award 2017. Leaders from The Sea Pines Resort, Old South Golf Links, The Legends at Parris Island, Moss Creek Golf Club and Oyster Reef Golf Club were present to swap tips, share their successes and renew their commitments to document and measure their efforts using golf’s eco-label for sustainability, GEO Certified.

Grace BerriganGrace Berrigan, daughter of Paige and Tom Berrigan of Hilton Head Island, was named Class A Tennis Player of the Year by the South Carolina Association for Women’s Sports. Grace grew up playing competitive tennis and soccer on Hilton Head. Before attending the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics, she played on Hilton Head Island Christian Academy’s varsity team beginning in the seventh grade. She finished her 2015 and 2016 seasons undefeated and was named the No. 1 player in the Pee Dee region this year.

Callawassie Island hosted the 2017 Big East Women’s Golf Championship on April 20-23. Six schools competing in the tournament included Butler, Creighton, Georgetown, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Xavier. Callawassie Island also hosts the Big East Men’s Golf Championship each year. The club recently extended its relationship with the Big East through 2022. 

WNBAThree members of the national champion South Carolina Gamecocks were selected in the first round of the WNBA Draft 2017. Senior center Alaina Coates became the highest pick in program history, selected No. 2 by the Chicago Sky. Junior guards Allisha Gray and Kaela Davis stayed teammates after the Dallas Wings selected them fourth and 10th, respectively.

Japanese student starts with four English words, ends with school address

International students are nothing new to the International Junior Golf Academy in Bluffton. The school welcomes students from around the world every year — IJGA, the oldest independent junior golf academy in the country, has students from 28 countries.

But for the students themselves, there is nothing ordinary about it.       

German student uses competitve edge to get ahead in golf and life

Hanna Kiefer came to Hilton Head Island from Germany two years ago with three goals in mind. She wanted to improve her English, her golf game and win a scholarship.

Thanks to some hard work at Hilton Head Prep, where she’s a senior, and at the Junior Players Golf Academy, she quickly achieved two of those goals in her first year.

When the star on the marquee of the three courses at The Sea Pines Resort shines as brightly as does Harbour Town Golf Links, the two other layouts there must be exceptional on their own merits to share in the spotlight.

After all, Harbour Town is not only a coveted “bucket list” course for amateurs seeking to pad respective resumes of top courses played, the Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus co-design is even gushed over by the game’s best practitioners. 

It’s becoming difficult not to notice a new golf powerhouse in the area: Brown Golf.

It bought its first course, the struggling Pinecrest Golf Course, in March 2011. Just six years later, Brown Golf owns or operates 30 golf courses in four states, including six in Bluffton and two on Hilton Head Island.

“I’ve been in the golf business since 1978,” CEO John Brown said. “I was a golf professional, then manger, then general manager. I was working for Troon Golf out of Scottsdale when I decided to start my own company.”

FIRST TEE’S NEW GOLF CAMPUS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The word most often heard around First Tee of the Lowcountry’s new golf campus on Hilton Head Island isn’t “fore.”

It’s “core.”

That’s a referance to the core values the nonprofit organization teaches its young players. “Really, what the First Tee is about is instilling life-changing values in youth through the game of golf,” says executive director Brady Boyd.