Keeping Fans Healthy During the 2012 PGA Championship in S.C. Roper St. Francis prepares to be the medical services provider for thousands
CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 20, 2012) – This August up to 30,000 people per day are expected to gather at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island for the 2012 PGA Championship, and late summer in Charleston, S.C., means fans and players will be feeling the heat.
PGA officials have worked closely with Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s emergency services team to develop a safe and effective medical plan for heat-related and other illnesses during the large-scale event Aug. 6-12.
“Roper St. Francis is honored and proud to be the medical services provider of the 2012 PGA Championship,” said David Dunlap, president and CEO, Roper St. Francis Healthcare. “This tournament is a premier global sporting event, and we were thrilled when the PGA of America asked us to work with them again.”
Michael Bolton made an appearance at Kiawah Island in May and had the chance to test his game on the back nine at America’s Toughest Course- The Ocean Course. With a birdie on the famous 17th and a par on the difficult 18th, he was just getting into a rhythm but was forced to leave for his sound check before he could make the turn and play the front. He was at Kiawah as the headline entertainment for a corporate incentive program being held at The Sanctuary, and he amazed a small audience of about 300 people with his performance on the Lower Terrace Lawn. Bolton was very complimentary of the golf course, and agreed that the professionals will have their hands full during the PGA Championship in August.
Thought you were too late? Think again! The PGA has shifted things around and will be able to release 2,000 more PGA tickets to the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. Check it out here: http://www.pga.com/pgachampionship/2012/news/2012_pga_championship_tickets.cfm
J. Pierce Buster, Ocean Course caddie and recent MBA grad from the Citadel, has tons of caddie stories. Here’s some:
Over the course of my tenure as a caddie at The Ocean Course, one of the things I am most often asked is, “What are some of the funniest things you have seen or been asked by a person you’re caddying for?” While the answers to this question are seemingly endless, a few have overwhelmingly stuck out over the years. What is more, I asked the same question around to the gents in the caddie-shack and found many similar stories, inquiries, and sites. However, I also learned of a number of different, but equally interesting ones as well. Let’s tee it up…
“The Things We Have Carried”
One of the most unique and interesting parts of being a caddie is seeing the things that people store in their golf bags. From the bizarre to the hilarious and the unnecessary to the ridiculous, the things that are pulled out of golf bags never cease to amaze me. In the interest of time, and perhaps embarrassment, I thought a simple list format, paired with a brief description, would be most appropriate.
Not one… not two… but THREE golf ball retrievers – No explanation given.
An unopened 2 Liter bottle of Sprite – When asked: “I was wondering where I put that after the grocery…”
Similarly… a carton of Orange Juice WELL passed its Expiration Date – (The color of said bottle I will leave to your imagination)
They descended from 21 states and 4 countries the first weekend of March. Seventy-one new and 75 returning contenders arrived with hopes of winning the coveted Friendship Cup trophy and navy Ralph Lauren blazer.
Often referred to (by the planners at least) as “Golf’s Fifth Major,” this 6th Annual Friendship Cup brought the largest field ever and proved to be very interesting.
The Friendship Cup is a two-man tournament for male amateur players and was contested on the world famous Ocean Course, site of the 2012 PGA Championship, and the Tom Fazio-designed Osprey Point Golf Course.
Two-time PGA Champion Dave Stockton, the U.S. Captain in one of the most dramatic finales in Ryder Cup history, a tireless leader in philanthropic efforts, and one of the most sought-after instructors in golf, has been named the 2012 recipient of the PGA Distinguished Service Award.
Stockton, 70, will receive the Association’s highest annual honor in conjunction with the 94th PGA Championship at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, S.C. The award presentation is Aug. 8, at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in Charleston, S.C.
PGA Champion, Keegan Bradley, got his first look at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, named America’s Toughest Course by Golf Digest magazine, during the 2012 PGA Championship Media Day. Here’s his impressions of the venue for this year’s final Major.
This August, the World’s Greatest Players take on America’s Toughest Course during the 94th PGA Championship at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Championship Director, Brett Sterba, has some viewing tip and some insights on what to expect when coming out to view the excitement.