From Lauren Deason, PGATOUR.COM Editorial Coordinator
Charles Fraser, the founder of Sea Pines (where the Harbour Town Golf Links course is located), discovered a little known fact. It turned out that Harleston's Green in Charleston, S.C., may have been the first place golf was played on American soil.
A ship's manifest from 1786 referenced "golfer sticks" and "featheries" (also known as golf balls), items that apparently traveled to South Carolina and Georgia.
Because of his findings, Fraser decided to build the Verizon Heritage's tournament traditions around Scottish ones. Even the name itself -- bestowed upon the tournament 40 years ago before Arnold Palmer became the first Heritage Classic champion -- reflects the state's golf "heritage".
Nothing like hitting a golf shot in unison with the firing of a muzzle-loader cannon. That's what defending champion, Jim Furyk got to do on Monday at the Heritage. Using a hickory club he feathered a shot out into Calibogue Sound.