The announcement ensures that the state of South Carolina will host three PGA TOUR-sanctioned incidents in 2021, including RBC Heritage at Hilton Head in the week of 8-11. April, as well as Korn Ferry Tours BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation in Greer the week of 10 – 13 June.
More impressive than Fazio’s design in the South Carolina Lowcountry is its charitable mission. The club opened with only two members – Dan Friedkin and the late Bob McNair, who owned the Houston Texans. Instead of members, the club invites “ambassadors” to join. These prominent figures in business and golf do not pay much in contingent. Instead, they give themselves time for mentoring opportunities.
The annual Congaree Global Golf Initiative identifies dozens of high school students from around the world who have the talent to play college golf but who lack the economic or social benefits of any of their peers. They are brought to Congaree for an intense weekly program that includes a mix of educational and golf instruction, given lessons in everything from college preparation to club decor. Congaree counselors and counselors assist students through the completion of high school and into college.
The field will consist of 156 players, and a limited number of spectators are expected daily. All logistics and on-site preparation are managed by TOUR, with support from Congaree and The Friedkin Group.
The primary recipient of the tournament will be the Congaree Foundation, whose mission is to “positively impact the lives of young people around the world by offering educational and professional opportunities through the game of golf.” The Congaree Global Golf Initiative is the foundation’s signature program. It also has local partnerships with the Lowcountry Food Bank and Boys & Girls Club in Jasper County, and is working to expand access to the game through youth golf instruction and Sergeant Jasper Golf Club.