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Palmetto Dunes' Jones Course to Host 26th Annual Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - Palmetto Dunes will join Harbour Town Golf Links and Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run as host of the 26th Annual Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament, September 1-3, 2006. The second round of the star-studded event that matches amateur golfers with celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment will be played at the Robert Trent Jones Course on Saturday of the Labor Day Weekend.

"We are thrilled to participate in such a worthwhile event that helps so many people," said Greenwood Development's John Betts of the tournament that will raise funds for 17 local charities in Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort.

In 2005, $200,000 was distributed to 17 children's charities in Beaufort County and to victims of Hurricane Katrina in Long Beach, Miss. To date, the Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament has distributed $2,560,000 to charity.

Among the celebrities slated to participate in 2006 are golf journalist and broadcaster Ben Wright, Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller, and "Late Show with David Letterman" announcer Alan Kalter. For a complete list of celebrities, visit http://www.hhcelebritygolf.com/.

Amateur foursomes will be paired with a celebrity each day and play will start with a 9 a.m. shotgun. Gallery admission is free.

Last year, the Celebrity Golf Tournament celebrated a special anniversary when it turned 25 years old. Tournament director Gayle Wingo said she attributes the tournament's longevity to the fact that it's a festive, entertaining weekend, star-studded with about 40 celebrities from sports, film, television, music and comedy. Past celebrity participants have included the likes of Neil Armstrong and Michael Jordan.

The weekend also draws a crowd because it includes children's activities, shows, drawings, auctions and celebrity meet-and-greets in addition to golfing, Wingo said.

But most of all, she said, the tournament has remained popular because it's a good cause.

"I think we're still here because we are doing this for the right reasons," Wingo said. "In the past 25 years we literally have helped thousands of children. It all goes back to the kids."

A 2,000-acre resort stretching across three miles of Atlantic Ocean beach on Hilton Head Island, Palmetto Dunes is consistently recognized among the world's finest resorts. Owned and operated by Greenwood Development Corporation, Palmetto Dunes features three world-class golf courses, an award-winning tennis center, plus 11 miles of lagoons, a marina, and an Outfitters Shop along with one of the best beaches on the eastern seaboard.

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