(Spring Island, SC) - Bill Sampson, Director of Golf at Spring Island’s Old Tabby Links, has received numerous professional accolades during his 16 years at Spring Island and 20 years with the PGA.

In December, Sampson received three awards: Certified Instructor of the Week, Golf Professional of the Year, and the 2010 Carolinas PGA President’s Plaque. To learn more about Spring Island and Old Tabby Links call (843) 987-2200 or visit www.SpringIsland.com.
For 2010, Sampson was the honored recipient of the Carolinas PGA President’s Plaque, which is awarded to the PGA Professional who has become a leader in player development and growth of the game of golf.

Growing the game of golf in private clubs is challenging. Typically, growth programs are found at public facilities and include clinics for children and young adults just taking up the game. At Spring Island, Sampson focuses on prolonging each member’s golf career through fitness and clinics.

Sampson said, “I am honored to receive the President’s Plaque, however it’s not about me. It’s about what we (the Club) have achieved through fitness, teaching and tournament programs. Our success is directly related to participation in our golf programs. It’s more about what the Club and its members are willing to do, and this award is a testament to the fact that Spring Island is dedicated to growing the game of golf.”

In addition to the President’s Plaque, Sampson was also named Golf Professional of the Year by his peers on Hilton Head Island and he was named Certified Instructor of the Week by the Titleist Performance Institute. A Level 2 Certified Golf Instructor, Sampson practices what he preaches, creating a golf fitness class for members in which he himself has lost 40 pounds.

Community involvement is something that Sampson feels is an important part of being a PGA Professional. Sampson is currently involved with 14 different local charities or civic groups including serving as the President of the Hilton Head Island Chapter of the Carolinas PGA and founding a scholarship fund for assistant golf professionals in Beaufort County. It is also worth noting that Old Tabby Links held a Patriots Golf Day event in October to raise funds for the Wounded Warriors Project during which Sampson played 114 holes of golf and raised over $10,000 for the foundation.

About Spring Island
Spring Island is a 3,000-acre island community in the South Carolina Lowcountry 25 minutes from Hilton Head and Beaufort, and 30 minutes by boat from Port Royal Sound and the open Atlantic Ocean. Spring Island is limited to no more than 410 families on the 3,000 acres with 1,200 acres protected as nature preserve. Spring Island offers the finest amenities man and nature can offer to include: championship golf, world class fresh- and salt-water fishing, equestrian, tennis, quail hunting, nature center, fine and casual dining options, and a wide variety of educational pursuits. www.SpringIsland.com.

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