Fame is being known, celebrity is being known by your first name. As the first woman in LPGA history to reach that level of success, superstar Annika Sorenstam has been the inspiration on the greens for many a young lassie. Annika is hosting the inaugural Ginn Tribute, the 72-hole tournament with a purse worth $2,600,000, spanning from May 31 through June 3 in Mt. Pleasant. She showed her softer side off the fairway, awarding a sponsor’s exemption to 14-year-old MacKinzie Kline, a longtime fan and top-rated junior golfer who was recently diagnosed with a rare heart condition threatening her ability to compete. For more info, visit www.lpga.com. —Laura Zapp
Blowin’ From the Holy City to the Mysterious Triangle
The S.C. Maritime Foundation’s biennial Charleston to Bermuda race set sail from the Charleston Harbor on May 18. Eighteen boats entered the nine-day race. However, as the event came to a close after battling opposing and dying winds, only 14 finished, with one boat leading the entire way — the Open 50 Gryphon Solo, skippered by Hugh Piggin. For more information, visit www.charlestontobermuda.com. —Jillian Stephenson
Dinner and a Fight
Tired of the age-old dinner and a movie? This Thursday, The Plex hosts six boxing bouts between rising athletes and some of the most noted fighters in the game, like 6’3″ local favorite Brad Binder out of Moscow. He has won his last four matches and is fighting Leo Hayes, a big cruiser-weight with powerful hands and K.O. potential. Or Kevin Burnette, hailing from Augusta, Ga., with a 6-1 record including four KOs, up against Shareff Dickens from Brooklyn, who hasn’t stepped into the ring in over five years. It’s sure to be a powerful, action-packed night with unpredictable results. The first bell rings at 8 p.m. this Thurs., May 31. —Jillian Stephenson
The first annual Slamboree from 1-4 p.m. on June 2 at the Family Circle Tennis Center will include free tennis clinics, contests, prizes, and an exhibition by the Charleston Professional Tennis League. Tennis pros will be on-hand with information for parents on summer programs. For more information, visit www.lowcountryjuniortennis.com. Also, starting at 9 a.m. on June 23, the first major Carolina Beach Tennis event will kick off. This free event includes instructional play and kids’ activities. The sport, created in 2005, is a combination of tennis and beach volleyball. It is open to players of any skill level or age. Register at www.beachtennisusa.net. —Jillian Stephenson
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