GOLF COURSES GET WHAT THEY CRAVE MOST: LIGHT AND AIR FLOW

No one was injured. That was the best part of Hurricane Matthew as it blew through the Lowcountry in early October.

But the storm did leave a heck of a mess. There wasn’t a square foot anywhere that wasn’t covered with branches, leaves or sea grass. In every direction, a tree was blown over, snapped off or lodged in someone’s roof. In all, 2.5 million cubic yards of debris were hauled from Hilton Head Island alone, an amount that would fill up Carolina Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium five times over.

Billy Christie (left) won the AAAA state wrestling championship for the 170 weight class. Alex Braden won the 138 class.

Hilton Head Island High School wrestlers both make their mark on The Wall

The Wall is for legends. On a small island, with far fewer prospects to draw from than powerhouse schools across the Southeast and nation with feeder programs drawing kids in, head coach Mike Newton is the latest to carry on Hilton Head Island High School wrestling’s expectation for excellence.

Bluffton is about the lose one of the area’s standout courses. Not anytime soon, but the time is still coming. The course doesn’t have the fame of Hilton Head Island’s Harbour Town Golf Links, but locals sure know about this hidden gem. Need a reminder? Does Hilton Head National ring any bells? Oh yeah, the course without any development on it. Even Palmetto Bluff can’t say that.

Youth development organization rolls out new facility and introduces new executive director Brady Boyd.

Brady Boyd’s story may sound familiar to most of you.

An Ohio native, he fell in love with Hilton Head Island during a visit and decided he wanted to stay, spending his days golfing and enjoying the beautiful weather.

The Southeast Biking Symposium will bring some of the biggest names in cycling and urban planning to the island for a different kind of conference.

In recent years, small Hilton Head Island has seen its profile skyrocket as the Southeast’s new hot spot for the converging worlds of cycling and urban planning. Thanks to the efforts of the Town of Hilton Head and the Hilton Head Island Visitor and Conventions Bureau, not to mention immense public support from area businesses and community leaders, the island has been designated as the only Gold-Level Bike Friendly Community in the Southeast.

Oldfield Club

Oldfield Club has retained its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Golf course naturalist Jill Kombrink led the effort to maintain sanctuary status on the course. Oldfield Club was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2004 and is one of 892 courses in the world to be designated as such.

Experience GreenExperience Green recently received a commendation from the Town of Hilton Head Island for its community leadership and recognition as the winner of the first International Sustainable Golf Destination of the Year Award for the Hilton Head Island area. Experience Green was founded in 2010 with a scope of service encompassing Hilton Head and greater Beaufort County.

Mike PollardWexford head tennis professional Mike Pollard was recently named Professional Tennis Registry Member of the Year for South Carolina. This award is presented to a PTR member who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR. Pollard coaches more than 25 adult USTA teams annually, as well as both men’s and women’s interclub teams. He also coaches multiple adult players who compete in both the singles and doubles Ultimate Tennis Leagues, as well as multiple Junior Tennis teams during the year.

Ron PeduzziLongtime Hilton Head Island football coach Ron Peduzzi was recently named head coach at Hilton Head Christian Academy. Peduzzi served as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator the past two seasons. Prior to that, he spent 11 seasons as the head coach at Hilton Head Preparatory School. His Prep teams won SCISA state titles in 2005 and 2007.

The PGA Tour recently announced that Hilton Head Heroes, a Hilton Head Island-based nonprofit beneficiary of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, was a 2016 PGA Tour Charity of the Year finalist. The group was awarded a $5,000 grant from the PGA Tour.

"We are honored to have the PGA Tour recognize the impact we make to families who have children fighting life threatening illnesses,” said Lindy Russell, founder of Hilton Head Heroes. “This donation will allow us to treat more families to a vacation of a lifetime and give them a welcomed break from the realities of having a sick child.”