REALTORS AND MORTGAGE LENDERS CELEBRATE TOURNAMENT’S 25TH YEAR

tournament2A beautiful day set the stage May 7 for area Realtors and mortgage lenders to tee off at their annual golf and tennis tournament, and big money was at stake. But not necessarily for the winners — the top golfers and tennis players earned gift certificates donated by local businesses — but, rather, for local nonprofit groups that work to improve quality of life in the Lowcountry.

High School tennis team

THE HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ TENNIS TEAM won its second state championship in the past five years when the Seahawks defeated South Aiken 4-3 to claim the Class 4A title on May 12 at Cayce Tennis Center.

Roster: Matt Oliver, Davis Phillips, Cooper Steinour, Michael Oliver, Nate Anderson, Alex Ittenbach, Alex Ruckno, Shane Mason, Mario Magnan, Moses Grant, Nate Anderson, Justin Williams

Coaches: Jennifer Weitekamper, Bobby Tillison 

ANGLERS REEL IN BIG PRIZE MONEY

Only a handful of the 22 boats entered in this year’s Hilton Head Harbor Wahoo Shootout were able to endure the choppy seas April 21 to get far enough offshore to troll for wahoo, and only two stuck it out long enough to dig one out, making for a lot of discouraged anglers confined to the shore.

Pro golferNick Faldo presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the International Junior Golf Academy’s new Performance Training Center in Bluffton. IJGA recently undertook a $2 million building renovation turning a 20,000-square-foot horse barn at Old Carolina into a state-of-the-art indoor training facility for junior golfers.

High school athletes throughout the Lowcountry are solidifying their plans to compete at the next level as the school year comes to a close.

Seven Hilton Head High student-athletes recently signed letters of intent, including a trio of NCAA Division I signees from the Seahawks’ cross country and track & field teams – Josh Williams (Georgia Tech), Mallory Liggett (Kentucky), and Ryan Moosbrugger (College of Charleston). Golfer Charlie Farrell signed with Lander, Boyce Kobleur signed to play baseball at Florence-Darlington Tech, and three-time state champion wrestler Billy Christie signed with Newberry.

JOHN FARRELL TALKS SEA PINES, HERITAGE PREP AND MORE

John FarrellSpend time with John Farrell and you’ll quickly see that more than three decades in the Lowcountry have loosened the soil around this sharp-witted jokester’s Yankee roots.

But if the conversation turns to Sea Pines Resort, where Farrell has been employed as a golf professional since 1989, the tone turns more earnest.

HILTON HEAD CREW IS GROWING YOUTH SPORT

Teamwork is key in the sport of crew, because cooperation is the only way to move forward — or, in this case, backward. On Hilton Head Island in the spring, teenagers turn up for crew practice at the Rowing and Sailing Center knowing that if anybody on their squad is missing, they’ll be stuck on land. To practice on the water, every member of their team must be in the boat.

“I love that crew is a true team effort,” said Rhonda Rose, treasurer of Hilton Head Island Crew. “It’s a beautiful sport.”

A GUIDE TO THE LANGUAGE OF GOLF

Do you find yourself nodding along in vague agreement whenever golf fans get together? Tired of pretending like you know what they’re talking about?

Here are a few golf terms that might help you fake your way through Heritage week with at least a little more authority.

THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR BEGINS MARCH 13TH

For the win

Here's some terminology to help you better understand what March Madness is really all about.

palmetomaraton

Your chance to run in one of America’s top resort communities is close to slipping away. Registration for the 2018 Palmetto Bluffton Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K on March 4 is close to selling out.

The Palmetto Bluff Marathon is run on a USATF-certified course and is a Boston Marathon qualifier, the Half Marathon course is USATF certified, and the 10K course is stroller-friendly. Each course winds throughout the beautiful Lowcountry community of Palmetto Bluff and is a complete loop. Race shirts are guaranteed to the first 750 registrants and beautiful medals are awarded to all marathon and half marathon finishers.