Old Tabby Links at Spring Island has retained its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Jay Gratton, director of golf course maintenance, led the effort to maintain the sanctuary status on the course.

PGA Tour Superstore recently announced it has signed a lease to open a Bluffton location in April. Bluffton represents the company’s third store in South Carolina. The two other locations are in Myrtle Beach. The store will be an anchor in the new shopping center being built at the intersection of U.S. 278 and Burnt Church Road.

hhChristian GirlsHilton Head Christian Academy recently won the Class 3-A SCISA girls golf championship at Orangeburg Country Club. It is the second straight year the Eagles have brought the state title back to Hilton Head.

hhPrep GirlsHilton Head Preparatory School recently won the SCISA Class 2-A tennis title, making it the fith consecutive time the program has won the state title. The Dolphins defeated Trinity-Byrnes in the championship match 5-2 in Sumter.

Tennis coaches, players and volunteers from all over the state will be honored for their tennis achievements later this year by USTA South Carolina. In all, 24 people and organizations will receive USTA South Carolina awards at the organization’s annual meeting on Isle of Palms in December. Locally, Hilton Head Island’s Ann Hunt is the Adult Female Player of the Year and the Wexford Tennis Club is the Member Faculty of the Year.

Heritage ClassicThe Heritage Classic Foundation recently announced that it has taken steps, in partnership with the Golf Environment Organization and The Sea Pines Resort, to attain a sustainability certification for the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing to become a GEO-Certified Tournament.

In 2016, the foundation and its partners decided to highlight sustainability initiatives in place at South Carolina’s only PGA Tour golf tournament while simultaneously establishing a baseline to support improvement moving forward.

Break out your big hats, get those divot-stomping shoes out of the closet and dust off your tailgating gear.

The 23rd Polo for Charity event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Okatie is just around the corner. And it’s definitely an event you don’t want to miss.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND NATIVE HOPES TO GO FROM PROSPECT TO PRO FOR CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS THIS SEASON

Hilton Head Island residents might get to see one of their own hitting the ice this fall with the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2015 winners of the Stanley Cup.

Avid golfers will tell you, there’s no finer place than a golf course for kids to gain life skills and the leadership abilities they’ll need to make their mark on the world.

Knowing this, and knowing the challenges involved with creating affordable, community-based junior golf programs, the PGA Tour of America helped created The First Tee in 1997. Blending instruction on the game’s fundamentals with an eye on showing young players who those fundamentals apply to their lives, The First Tee spread quickly.

Kristyl SundermanWhile playing in the Women’s Trans-National Amateur Championship last month in St. Louis, Kristyl Sunderman found herself discussing a playing partner’s collegiate experience in great detail. At some point in the discussion, the player’s mother noted that Sunderman would make a great college coach herself.