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.

Max BoyerHilton Head Island’s Max Boyer recently competed in the Junior National Lacrosse League Tournament in Toronto, Canada, one of the most prestigious youth box lacrosse tournaments in North America. Boyer is a member of the Georgia Swarm Pro Lacrosse team’s Junior Bantam squad for 13- and 14-year-old players.

BoeingThe Heritage Classic Foundation recently announced that Boeing has signed a five-year extension as presenting sponsor of the RBC Heritage. The new agreement runs through 2021. The tournament now known as the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing debuted in 1969 at Harbour Town Golf Links, a Pete Dye design at the Sea Pines Resort that quickly became a favorite course among PGA Tour members.

Harbour Town Golf LinksHarbour Town Golf Links was recently ranked No. 9 in Golf Magazine's 2016-17 "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" in the U.S. Harbour Town also came in at No. 2 in the magazine’s "Best You Can Play Near You" in South Carolina, while its excellent Heron Point by Pete Dye was positioned at No. 11 in the golf-rich Palmetto State.

The members at Long Cove Club recently approved a golf course restoration plan that will begin in May. Founded in 1981, Long Cove is widely recognized as one of Pete Dye’s finest designs. The more than 7,000 yards, par 71 Long Cove course will close in May for a restoration plan that includes regrassing fairways with Celebration Bermuda, regrassing the greens with Tif Eagle Ultra Dwarf Bermuda, restoring bunkers to their original design, upgrading drainage systems, and replacing multiple bulkheads and all cart paths.

Becoming an Olympic athlete doesn’t happen overnight. Most often, the dream begins innocently in childhood and strengthens in passion and dedication as the years go by.

Last month in Rio de Janeiro, that dream came true for 10 mostly 20-something men and women who represented the United States in two martial arts competitions at the Olympic Games: judo and taekwondo.

PHOTO BY ROB TIPTONSea Pines Resort announced its new Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III golf course will open in October. The layout is a complete reconstruction and recreation of the resort's historic Ocean Course, the first built on Hilton Head Island. Love Golf Design, the firm founded by Davis and his brother Mark, has done numerous course designs and renovations in the region including Retreat at Sea Island in Sea Island, Georgia; Laurel Island Golf Club in Kingsland, Georgia; and the Love Course at Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach.

Janet SwahnBluffton resident Janet Swahan has a diverse background and continues to redefine herself. In her 20s, she was an acrobat and dancer who traveled with a production show for more than five years, performing in London, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea and the Bahamas. In her late 20s, she began an interior design business and opened fine-art galleries in four cities. Today, her passion is the sport of target shooting, in which she has become an expert.

uscblogoThe University of South Carolina Beaufort recently took another step in the development of its growing athletic programs, hiring new coaches for its baseball and track and field programs. Jeremy Christian is the new coach of the baseball team. Christian led Point University to the Avista-NAIA World Series by winning the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round Savannah Bracket in May.