Callawassie Island recently announced a five-year partnership with the Big East Conference to host the Ladies’ and Men’s Golf Championships. Callawassie is known for its private, award-winning, championship 27-hole Tom Fazio-designed course. It has hosted the Big East Men’s Championships for the past three years, and 2017 will be its second year hosting the Ladies’ Championships.

BJ PayneThe Carolina Panthers have nominated Hilton Head Island High School’s BJ Payne as the team’s nominee for the 2016 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award. The annual award honors a high school football coach who displays the integrity, achievement and leadership exemplified by Shula, who concluded his 36-year NFL coaching career as the league’s all-time winningest coach.

Payne recently completed his fifth season as head coach for the Seahawks program and was named South Carolina 2015 3A Lower State Coach of the Year

Golf fans can get tickets to the 2017 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing at special advanced ticket pricing through March 31. The cost of each ticket option increases $20 on April 1. The PGA Tour event takes place April 10-16 at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Each year, the event pumps more than $96 million into South Carolina's economy.

Bill Sampson, director of golf at Old Tabby Links, recently received the Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year Award for his outstanding service as a golf instructor. Sampson hosts private and group lessons, institutes weekly clinics, conducts TPI classes for club members, hosts multi-day camps and offers free lessons to juniors who cannot afford the fee.

Bluffton High School running back Cam Bent was named to the South Carolina Football Coaches Association’s Palmetto Champions all-star team. Each year, the Palmetto Champions roster honors one running back, one lineman, one special teams player and one coach in each division. 

The portrait of the 48th RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing champion, Branden Grace, has been unveiled to sports and history enthusiasts of South Carolina at the Art League Gallery in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The original oil painting of Grace was painted by esteemed artist West Fraser.

Nine International Junior Golf Academy students officially committed to collegiate golf teams recently as they signed a National Letter of Intent during a ceremony at The Beach House on Hilton Head Island.

Judy LeveringU.S. Tennis Association South Carolina and the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation recently announced that Judy Levering, formerly of Hilton Head Island, and Renata Marcinkowska of Myrtle Beach will be the newest inductees into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. Both recipients have dedicated countless hours to growing the sport of tennis in South Carolina and throughout the world.

 

cocacolaCoca-Cola Consolidated recently signed a five-year extension as the official non-alcoholic beverage provider of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. Coca-Cola products have been served at the Heritage since the PGA Tour event debuted in 1969 at Harbour Town Golf Links, 48 years ago.

Hurricane Matthew did a number on many local golf courses. Here is a look at which courses are open as of Oct. 28. This list is subject to change; contact each course directly for the most up-to-date information.