Former local looking forward to first Heritage

By Tim Guidera - bio | email

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Kris Blanks attempt to create a place for himself on the PGA Tour gets a little more comfortable this week as he returns to the place he used to call home.

"Me and my wife were talking on the way in today, when we first moved to the area, I was a club pro,'' said Blanks. "And here we are coming back for the Verizon. So it's a great feeling.''

And a great opportunity for a player with roots that run through the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire.

Blanks used to live in Rincon, worked as an assistant professional at The Landings and his wife worked at Sea Pines for three years. Now he hopes that familiarity will be an asset this week.

"I've been on this tee in the middle of the summer, obviously playing with my wife,'' Blanks said while standing on the first tee at Harbour Town. "It's going to be nice to actually play inside the ropes and get to catch the course when it's in its best condition.''

Maybe even catch another of the breaks that seem to be falling the former Nationwide tour players way after reaching the PGA Tour this year through qualifying school last fall.

"I've played five of the first seven tournaments,'' said Blanks, who ranks 65th on the Tour money list. "I actually had a good finish in Puerto Rico and that got me into the Transitions tournament the next week and then Bay Hill. So I've played in nine tournaents so far.''

Just none like the one he'll finally play in, and share with his wife, at Harbour Town this week.

"She's looking forward to seeing some of the old members she used to work with,'' said Blanks. "I played a good bit with some of them on my days off when i was working. So it's going to be nice to see some familiar faces.''

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