Port Royal Golf Club Hosts Special Olympics Golf Tournament

Over 220 golfers from all over North America came out to Port Royal Golf Club this weekend to kick off competition for the annual Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament.

 

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Over 220 golfers from all over North America came out to Port Royal Golf Club this weekend to kick off competition for the annual Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament.  The tournament saw athletes competing in several types of competitions throughout the weekend, including an individual skills challenge, alternate shot team play, and an individual stroke competition.

 

Supporters and spectators alike gathered to welcome hometown hero Scott Rohrer, seven time Special Olympics gold medal winner and York, S.C. native, in hopes of seeing him bring home another medal. Rohrer is one of seven South Carolina locals who participated in this weekend’s tournament. 

 

Port Royal Golf Club, a Heritage Golf Group property, worked to bring the tournament to Hilton Head in an effort to spread a sense of involvement, respect and equality throughout the community.

 

“It is truly rewarding to be part of such an incredible organization dedicated to serving nearly 5 million athletes world-wide,” said Rick Shoemaker director of operations for the Heritage Golf Collection on Hilton Head Island.  “As a Board Member of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf and a PGA Member, I hope everyone takes the time to see how they can be involved with Special Olympics – whether it is as a volunteer, supporting a participant, or as a fan who enjoys great golf.”

 

All athletes and their unified partners competed for awards in each competition throughout the weekend. The awards ceremony took place immediately following the final round on Sunday, Sept. 13.

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All Photos taken by The Special Olympics and their photographers