HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - It was a perfect weekend for golf at the Harbour Town golf links on Sea Pines.
For the 49th consecutive year, some of golf's best professionals came to tee it up in the RBC Heritage. This year's tournament seemed extra special.
Maybe it was the chamber of commerce weather that brought sunny skies and cool breezes in the shade.
Maybe it was the immaculate condition of the course a mere six months after Hurricane Matthew took out more than 200 trees along the Pete Dye design.
Or maybe it was how prepared Hilton Head was to host what looks to be a record crowd for the tournament, even as the islands itself dealt with Matthew's devastation.
In the year of South Carolina sports, a topic I talked about a couple of weeks ago, it only seems fitting that Wesley Bryan, this year's winner, became the first South Carolina-born winner of the Tartan Jacket.
Consider this: We are all can share a bit in the victory. Whether we benefit from the nearly $100 million annual boost to our economy, or in the $35 million that's been distributed to charities in South Carolina and Georgia since 1987, or if we just take a bit of civic pride seeing our back yard golf course broadcast across the world to more than 230 countries.
Thanks go out to Tournament Director Steve Wilmot and his team, as well as the entire RBC Heritage Foundation board for making us all champions for nearly half a century.