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SC councilwoman suggests black theme for Heritage

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) -- A Beaufort County councilwoman has suggested that the PGA's Heritage golf tournament on Hilton Head Island switch from a Scottish theme to an African-America theme to reflect the South Carolina Lowcountry.

The Beaufort Gazette reported that Laura Von Harten told other council members Monday the Heritage should become what she called a "chocolate-covered festival."

No council members responded at the meeting, where the council considering giving the finally-troubled tournament another $1 million. .

Von Harten apologized for the "chocolate-covered" remark Tuesday, but says she thinks the tournament should focus on the area's black heritage.

Tournament director Steve Wilmot says the Scottish theme comes from the tournament's founding and is a nod to Charleston's Green, supposedly the first golf course in America formed in 1786.

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Information from: The Beaufort Gazette, http://www.beaufortgazette.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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