Councilman: $30M over 5 years for Heritage

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- A Beaufort County councilman suggests that $30 million in local, state and private money be set aside to keep the Heritage golf tournament on the PGA schedule for the next five years.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports officials have been looking, so far without success, for a title sponsor for the tourney that has been without one since Verizon ended its sponsorship last year.

A county council committee on Monday approved a proposal under which local governments, the state and Sea Pines Resort would collectively commit $30 million.

Councilman Stu Rodman calls the proposal a backup plan but says it could soon be necessary.

There is a proposal in the state House of Representatives to provide state money for the tournament, something Gov. Nikki Haley opposes.

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