*Pictured: SC Open Champion, Tate Hoisington, and Yamaha Golf Cars Representative, J.T. Carney
(Dataw Island, SC) – Amateur golfer Tate Hoisington of Hilton Head Island, SC captured the 66th South Carolina Open Presented by Yamaha Golf Cars held at Dataw Island Club on Dataw Island, SC on its Cotton Dike course.
After the first round of competition, Hoisington and PGA Apprentice Clark Rose from Walnut Creek CC sat tied at 70 (-2). Their lead was in no way comfortable as eight other competitors were still within easy reach at 72 (E) or better with plenty of others right behind.
The first two days of play suffered four significant weather delays. On the third day, the second round almost finished without interruption, but dangerous weather forced yet another suspension with only two groups of leaders remaining on the 18th hole. It was evident that the third and final round would not be possible. However, there was still hope that the weather would break, and the tournament could identify a 36-hole champion. After four hours, the skies cleared enough to finish the final hole.
Hoisington opened his second round with an impressive 32 on the front nine including five birdies. He closed in 38 strokes for another score of 70 and a total of 140 (-4).
In an interview, Hoisington gave the Dataw Island maintenance staff a lot of credit for their hard work as bunkers needed to be pumped, hand-bailed, and raked multiple times in three days. Of the rest of the course, he stated, “It was fantastic. The greens were perfect, and the fairways and rough, surprisingly, weren’t that wet. It was phenomenal. All things considered, it was great.” When asked which hole was his favorite, Hoisington chose the scenic par-4 #9. Why? …because he birdied it both times.
PGA Apprentice Peter Skirpstas of Jacksonville CC finished alone in second place at 72-69=141 (-3). He earned first prize in the PGA Professional contest.
Sales Representatives Parker Reeves and Chris Humble represented Presenting Partner Yamaha Golf Cars in the field. Reeves, who tied for thirteenth last year, finished in a tie for seventeenth this time at 71-75=146 (+2).
The Carolinas PGA sincerely thanks the members and staff of Dataw Island Club for their third year of support and hospitality.
The South Carolina Open is an official Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year Award Presented by OMEGA points event. Additionally, PGA Members' scores count toward the True Temper CPGA Johnny Palmer Trophy. Both contests can be seen online here.
A handful of videos and many photographs are available on the Facebook pages of the Carolinas PGA and Dataw Island Club.
The Carolinas PGA sincerely thanks its event partners for their generous support.
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Heritage Classic Foundation
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Dataw Island Club
Dataw Island is a very special gated golf community located in Beaufort, South Carolina. Dataw Island is a perfect combination of beautiful vistas, wonderful amenities and engaged residents. Real estate opportunities at Dataw Island range from villas to exquisite homes with private docks. The Dataw Island Club features recently renovated Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills golf courses, a tennis center, a workout/massage facility and croquet lawns. The beautiful clubhouse overlooking the water is the center of all activity at Dataw Island. With a full service deep-water marina, Dataw Island attracts boaters from around the world. www.dataw.org
About the Carolinas PGA
Since its inception in 1923, the Carolinas PGA Section has been committed to nurturing and improving the quality of the game for the thousands of golfers using its member facilities. Now the largest of the PGA’s forty-one sections, the Carolinas PGA Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association boasts nearly 2,000 professional members and represents more than 800 golf facilities within North and South Carolina as well as portions of southern Virginia.
PGA professionals are responsible for conducting a variety of golf-related functions which include human resource management, golf shop merchandising, golf instruction, tournament operations, junior golf programs, growth of the game initiatives, golf club repair, administering the rules, public relations and much more. For more information, contact Liz Muroski, Director of Media and Promotions at 336-398-2742 or email@example.com. www.Carolinas.PGA.com