HILTON HEAD ISLAND (AP) — With the RBC Heritage being played this weekend on Hilton Head Island, researchers are working to get an updated figure on just how much money the PGA tour stop pumps into the local economy.
The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports researchers from the University of South Carolina-Beaufort and Clemson University will conduct the study. More than 40 students from the schools will greet those at the tournament.
Students will gather information about where visitors are from, how much they make and how long they stay. The numbers will be entered on tablet computers and crunched by analysts. The numbers will exclude tour players and staffers and local residents.
Four years ago the tournament meant almost $82 million to the local economy, down from about $84 million in 2005.
This year’s tournament runs Thursday through Sunday and generally attracts more than 100,000 to the course over the event. Graeme McDowell is the defending champion.
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