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One of the area’s best annual charity golf tournaments and an exciting new one are just around the corner.

The 14th annual Mortgage Network Tee Off Fore The Arts tournament is Oct. 25 at Wexford Golf & Tennis Club and will also feature a mixed doubles round robin tennis event. Participants will enjoy an awards reception and silent auction after play. Golf entries are $350 per player, and tennis entries are $175. Sign sponsor rates are $100 for golf signage and $50 for tennis signage. For more information, call Lyn Kaplan at 843-686-3945, ext. 210.

Ready to hit the open road astride a bike to get in shape or to participate in an upcoming race or ride? The Lowcountry is a great place to start cycling, thanks to its nearly perfect weather and bike path-friendly terrain. The Town of Hilton Head Island has been recognized as one of the most bicycle-friendly communities in the U.S., and it offers something for beginning cyclists and hard-core athletes alike.

Many cyclists prefer to bike alone, while others enjoy the camaraderie of a regular group ride. Either way, finding a few friends to help get your biking routine in gear can really help, area enthusiasts say. 

PEDAL HILTON HEAD GAINS NEW GROUND

Excitement is building for Pedal Hilton Head Island. Cyclists from the Lowcountry and all over the Southeast will ride onto the island Sept. 17 to tackle a series of courses ranging from family fun rides on the beach to 62-mile courses that span the island’s bridges and go all the way to the flyovers. It’s the perfect event for riders of all ages and skill levels, organizers said.

OWNING A RESTAURANT AS A FAMILY GIVES NEW MEANING TO THE WORDS “FAMILY MEETING,” BUT THE WHITEHEADS HAVE A SPECIAL DYNAMIC THAT MAKES ALL WORK.

“Our motto is ‘friends, family and fun’ because we want people to know that we are all about families, and we welcome them.” said Rocky Whitehead, whose family opened Bomboras Grille in 2011. The Hilton Head Island restaurant was renamed Rockfish Seafood & Steak at Bomboras this spring.

The Skidaway Island Boating Club and the Yacht Club of Hilton Island Head held the second annual Low Country Hook summer ocean sailing race on July 29, with 24 boats racing from Calibogue Sound off the south end of Hilton Head Island to Landings Harbor Marina on Skidaway Island. Teams sailed approximately 30 miles through 5- to 6-foot swells and 15- to 25-mph winds, which held steady throughout the race until the last hour, when a storm surge hit the final group of boats.

Hilton Head Island tennis player Grant Durham teamed with Isaac Smith of Clearfield, Utah, to claim a runner-up doubles finish at the United States Tennis Association Boys’ 14s National Clay Court Championships from July 16-23 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

A trio of local players is making the leap from Storm Soccer Academy to MLS club Atlanta United’s development academy this fall, joining another homegrown star. Bluffton’s Juan Zuniga and Mikey Chappelear and Hilton Head Island’s Alan Leyva reported to Atlanta United in early August, following in the footsteps of Hilton Head native James Brighton, who enjoyed great success in his first full season in the academy.

The University of South Carolina Beaufort athletics department has rolled out a new booster club level aimed at attracting more local fans to the Sand Sharks’ home soccer, baseball and softball games. For the first time, residents of Beaufort and Jasper counties will be able to join the Sand Shark Club at a reduced rate and receive season tickets to all USCB home sporting events. The Lowcountry Level is $40 and includes one all-sport pass good for the 2017-18 season and a Sand Shark Club car decal. Local residents can add an additional all-sport pass for $30.

The Beaufort County All-Stars made good use of the home-field advantage, capitalizing on their host bid and claiming the Dixie Boys World Series title Aug. 9 at Bluffton’s Oscar Frazier Park.

The team — made up of players from Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island — went 5-1 in the tournament, beating state championship teams from Virginia, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on their way to the top spot.