Celebrating the 2004 MCI Heritage Golf Classic

Apr 21, 2004
Press Release
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) made the following remarks from the House Floor: “Mr. Speaker, last weekend I had the privilege of joining thousands of Americans from all across the world in celebrating the MCI Heritage Classic of Golf Tournament held on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina,” said Congressman Joe Wilson. “The Heritage has a rich history, with the first tournament won by Arnold Palmer in 1969. This year’s champion is Stewart Cink, who won in dramatic fashion on the fifth playoff round with Ted Purdy. Watch Video “Yet, the more important story of this popular Lowcountry event is the work of the Heritage Classic Foundation. This nonprofit organization operates the tournament every year, while generating over $50 million for the South Carolina hospitality industry. The Heritage Classic Foundation also distributed a record $1.2 million to South Carolina charities in 2003, including areas such as education and public health. “Heartfelt congratulations are due Heritage Classic Foundation Chairman Joe Fraser, Vice President Ed Dowaschinski, Secretary John Curry and Tournament Director Steve Wilmot, for yet another successful tournament hosted by the Sea Pines Resort led by President Michael Lawrence. “In conclusion, may God bless our troops and we will never forget September the 11th,” said Congressman Wilson. ###