Parade begins at 10 a.m. with Defending Champion Branden Grace; Extra Cannon Shot for Arnold Palmer and Thank You to Lowcountry First Responders

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The 49th annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing golf tournament will kick off like no other event on the PGA TOUR. South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR event will begin with its annual parade on Monday, April 10 at a new start time, 10 a.m.

Defending Champion Branden Grace, Heritage Classic Foundation board members, volunteers and state dignitaries will march in the parade around the Harbour Town Yacht Basin to the sounds of the Citadel’s Regimental Pipe band.

During opening ceremonies, the tradition focuses on the defending champion, Grace, who will be presented the Captain of Gentlemen Golfers plaque and tartan jacket before continuing the tradition of hitting a golf ball into the Calibogue Sound in unison with a cannon shot. Those shots officially begin tournament week.

Legendary Arnold Palmer, the “King” of golf and champion of the inaugural RBC Heritage, will be honored with a moment of silence and cannon shot. His grandson, PGA TOUR professional Sam Saunders, will be attending. In keeping with paying respects, Lowcountry first responders will be recognized for their valiant support during Hurricane Matthew.

The parade route will start at the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town, march halfway around the Yacht Basin and turn left at the walkway toward the Harbour Town Clubhouse. The parade will turn right onto Lighthouse Lane and proceed onto the 18th fairway, passing the cemetery on the right. Participants will march down the middle of the fairway to the green, where the opening ceremonies will begin.

Spectators are welcome to sit in the bleachers and lower level of the skyboxes, but must have a tournament ticket. Anyone can watch the parade along its route before they reach the golf course.

Daily tickets and weeklong badges for this year’s tournament are on sale at www.rbcheritage.com until April 8 or at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, 1 Chamber Way, Hilton Head Island, S.C. 

About the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing

The RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing is the only PGA TOUR event in South Carolina. Played over the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island since 1969, the event is celebrating its 49th year April 10-16, 2017. The Heritage Classic Foundation, general tournament sponsor, distributes the proceeds from the tournament to hundreds of nonprofit organizations. Since it was founded as a 501 (c)(3) in 1987, the Foundation has donated $35 million to people in need. For information on how to "Get Your Plaid On!” call 843.671.2448, visit www.rbcheritage.com or Facebook (RBC Heritage) and Twitter (@RBC_Heritage).