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      With Heritage opening, sponsor search continues

      HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- It's Heritage week on Hilton Head Island and organizers are still searching for a title sponsor.

      The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports tournament director Steve Wilmot says the golf tournament is "under the gun" to find a sponsor to replace Verizon, which dropped its sponsorship last year.

      The 43rd Heritage holds opening ceremonies Monday. The tournament retained its spot on the PGA tour this year after pledging $4 million of its reserve funds and receiving $1 million from local governments.

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      Wilmot says it is imperative to have a title sponsor to ensure the future of the Heritage. He says the tournament is talking with several companies but doesn't have a deadline for naming a sponsor.

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

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