Ken Burger knows Charleston
. A long-time sports and news columnist for the city’s Post & Courier
newspaper, the 62-year-old retired a year ago and now writes a regular blog about Charleston, the Lowcountry and the South in general, www.kenburgerblog.com
. He also still contributes regular columns to his old newspaper under the auspices of Roper St. Francis Healthcare
, a sponsor of his blog.
Burger and his wife, Bonnie, will take in the 2012 PGA Championship
this week as fans/spectators – though chances are good he’ll glean some blog material in the process. After all, the couple owns property on nearby Seabrook Island
, so getting to The Ocean Course
will be easier for them than most of us.
An avid golfer, Burger has played The Ocean Course numerous times and hosted a charity event there, hitting shots at the wicked par-3 17th hole, so he knows what PGA spectators will have to deal with when following their favorite PGA Tour stars around the dune- and marsh-dotted course. His advice: “Be sure to pack some common sense.
“Experienced golf fans know … how to dress and pace themselves over the course of a week-long, outdoor tournament such as” the PGA, he writes. He offers up safety and health advice from Jerry Flury, clinical manager for Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s emergency department.
The basics: Drink lots of water to combat the expected heat and humidity. Pack sunscreen – and bug spray. Wear a hat and sensible shoes. Oh, and beware of other pests besides the dreaded “no-see-ums” (gnats), such as fire ants – South Carolina’s unofficial state insect.
Burger presents some good information in a humorous, engaging manner. After all, he twice was named America’s best sports columnist in the annual The Associated Press Sports Editors competition. And moreover, he’s a “good ol’ boy” from Allendale.
To read Burger’s Kiawah/PGA blog, click here