March 2019

RBC Heritage Names Two Official Plaid Nation Cookies by Local Bakers to be Served During Tournament Week

Author: CH2 Press Release

All proceeds of cookies sales will benefit local charities in Lowcountry

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing Golf Tournament was in search for two tasty cookie recipes to serve up at the 51st Annual RBC Heritage, so it launched its inaugural Plaid Nation Cookie Contest. After 25 cookie recipes were collected in the contest — in partnership with University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) — finalists were narrowed down to the top six.

On Wednesday, March 27, a competitive “live bake off” took place in the new USCB Hilton Head Island campus hospitality center and test kitchen, and among the six finalists two “hole-in-one” cookies were named the official cookies of the 2019 RBC Heritage.

The winning cookies, that will be served throughout tournament week at the 51st RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, are Harbour Town’s Dye-abolical Delights, baked by Tina Daley of Hilton Head Island, and Pockets Full of Sunshine’s Peanut Butter Putters, baked by Laurin Rivers and team.

Both cookies will be served at the eight concession stands located on the course. Stands are fully staffed by volunteers from various local civic or non-profit organizations. All money raised from cookie sales will benefit their respective organizations. Concession stand volunteers have raised $5.2 million for local organizations since 1969, from concession stand sales alone. In total, Heritage Classic Foundation has distributed $41 million to charitable organizations that enhance the quality of life for our local community members.

“The Plaid Nation Cookie Contest was a new venture for us and a great opportunity to partner with USCB, and get fans involved,” said Steve Wilmot, tournament director of the RBC Heritage and president of the Heritage Classic Foundation. “The RBC Heritage is all about family, fun and charity, and that’s what this contest was all about, too.”

Judges included USCB Chancellor Dr. Al Panu, Heritage Classic Foundation Chairman Simon Fraser, RBC Heritage Tournament Director Steve Wilmot, Island Recreation Center Executive Director Frank Soule and Mayor of Bluffton Lisa Sulka. As winners, Daley and Rivers both received a champion package including tickets to the tournament and plaid swag, in addition to bragging rights.

“We ate a lot of calories yesterday, but every single one of them was worth it,” added Wilmot.

USCB students studying hotel, restaurant and tourism managed the bake off with contest organizers. Media and community members were in attendance to meet the winning bakers and taste test the official Plaid Nation cookies before they are available to tournament goers in April.

For live bake off and winning cookies photos, click here.

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