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The History Behind RBC Heritage Tournament

April 14, 2018

You may be a golf fanatic who knows the ins and outs of golf, the big tournaments and the top players.  Or, you may occasionally watch the Masters Tour and not know too much beyond that.  Well I'm here to tell you a little more about Hilton Head Island's famous RBC Heritage Tournament that is embarking on it's 50th Anniversary this year.  

It all started in 1969, on a day when Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus committed to playing in the inaugural Heritage Classic.  Since then, there has been a long list of champions with some of golf’s greatest players.  These include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer, Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, Nick Price, Tom Watson and the late Payne Stewart.

Some other amazing information on the tour is that $38 million has been distributed to those in need throughout South Carolina and Georgia since 1987.  In 2017, more than $2.9 million was distributed to charitable organizations, the arts, medical institutions and for college scholarships.   130,000 people typically attend the RBC Heritage and it brings in more than $96 million dollars into South Carolina's economy.

Turn on The Golf Channel or CBS sports to see some of the greatest at the RBC Heritage Tournament or you can listen to it at PGA TOUR Radio Channel 208 or 93.  This is a big event for Hilton Head Island bringing a lot of publicity and excitement to the area.  If you haven't already booked your vacation, spring is a beautiful time to enjoy the green golf courses and warm sandy beaches.  



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