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Drew Butler has played a lot of golf, is an accomplished player and already hit five holes-in-one before teeing it up in The Golf Club at Indigo Run's member-guest tournament back in October.
But his sixth one was special. Butler aced hole No. 17, a 167-yard par-3, with a 5-iron. The shot earned him a two-year lease on a Lexus and came while playing with partner Tom Cornelia, a longtime friend and former high school golf teammate at Sea Pines Academy.
"It was pretty much a God thing," said 53-year-old Butler, a former assistant professional at Moss Creek who regained his amateur status and has been in real estate more than 20 years. "It was a true blessing."
Butler shot 68 on his own ball and Cornelia shot 67. The pair have been playing golf together since they were teens and part of a loaded Sea Pines Academy team. Butler played college golf at South Florida and Cornelia earned a scholarship to Texas.
Butler's golf outings now come about once every couple of weeks, although he said he has been playing more often recently. The Indigo Run member keeps his game sharp, even if age has robbed some of his distance.
"I really wanted to hit an 8-iron," he said. Instead I hit a 5-iron."
HERITAGE CLASSIC FOUNDATION, PR FIRM FINALIST FOR SOCIAL MEDIA AWARD
Heritage Classic Foundation and Dixon Schwabl have been named a finalist in the Best Use of Twitter category for PR Daily's Digital PR and Social Media Awards 2012, which honor the best social media campaigns in the country over the past year.
The Heritage Classic Foundation and Dixon Schwabl , a New York-based marketing agency, developed the Twitter presence of the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing. The Twitter account channeled Sir William "Willie" Innes, who has served as the tournament's symbol since it began in 1969. "Sir Willie," used Twitter to connect with the MetLife Blimp to ride in the blimp during tournament week. Dixon Schawbl used the account to interact with fans, players and sponsors throughout tournament week. The Heritage Classic Foundation and firm are credited with helping increase attendance by 10 percent over the previous year and attracting the largest attendance for the event since 2007.
The other finalists in the Best Use of Twitter category include Delta Air Lines and Chobani, Inc. The winners will be announced at a luncheon Jan. 24 at The Greenhouse at Scholastic headquarters in New York City.
MATCH PLAY EVENT CELEBRATES 30 YEARS
The 30th annual Reilley's-Mortgage Network Match Play Championship will be held starting today at Port Royal Golf Club. The field of 256 players from 26 states and five different countries makes the tournament the largest match play event of its kind in the country, according to organizers.
Local golfers Gary Duren and David Reilley will compete for the 30th consecutive year. The field consists of 16 flights of two-man teams from a scratch/professional flight to a high-handicap 16th flight. Each team plays two nine-hole matches today, three nine-hole matches Friday and two nine-hole matches Saturday. Flight winners compete in a playoff Saturday afternoon.
BLUFFTON'S SPENCER-WHITE WINS IJGT MAJOR
Bluffton resident Charlie Spencer-White won the boys 15-19 title at the International Junior Golf Tour's most recent event, a major at Hampton Hall Club. Spencer-White fired rounds of 60-73 to edge Matt Cheng by a stroke.
Cheng is a student at Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy and a native of Taipei, Taiwan.
Pennsylvania native Olivia Landino, also a full-time Hank Haney IJGA student, fired 72-65 to win the girls divisions, defeating classmate Clementina Rodriguez by four strokes.