Can the PGA Tour’s Congaree detour save a beloved 9-hole course? Lucas Glover hopes so.

PGA Tour player Lucas Glover has carried a new item in his bag the past few weeks as part of an effort to help “recharge” a local course.

Glover is using a club head cover from Ridgeland’s Sergeant Jasper Golf Club, known locally as “The Sarge.” The Congaree Foundation recently acquired Sergeant Jasper to renovate it for the public and to host youth programs.

Congaree Golf Club near Gillisonville is the host of the upcoming Palmetto Championship, a PGA Tour event that was added to the schedule June 10-13 in place of the RBC Canadian Open, which was canceled because of logistical challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

PGA Tour player Lucas Glover, a South Carolina native, is interviewed by media members during the Community and Media Day for the Palmetto Championship at Congaree on May 3.

Officials have said the tournament will benefit Congaree’s community programs. Glover spoke about the effort to “Recharge the Sarge” at the media day for the Palmetto Championship at Congaree.

“I grew up here in the state, in Greenville County,” Glover said. “I had dinner with (Congaree managing director) John McNeely where everybody was sitting a couple weeks back and he told me the story of ‘The Sarge’ and we literally hatched the idea for ‘Recharge the Sarge’ over dinner,” he said.

The nine-hole course off Glover Road in Ridgeland has been a staple in the community since the 1960s.

Board president Bradley Bonds said in February that the course once had many stockholders, but most have passed away and membership dropped dramatically. His father and fellow board member Buzz Bonds said the club started with about 130 members and dwindled to 10 at one point, though it rebounded to 45-50.

Sergeant Jasper Country Club has new ownership, but it will still be open to the public. The Congaree Foundation recently acquired the nine-hole golf course in Ridgeland.

“The club was in need of financial assistance and Congaree had approached the board about taking over ownership of the club to utilize it, in part, for youth golf,” Bradley Bonds said earlier this year. “We went through the process with Congaree to make it public. They explained they wanted to have youth golf programs and still have golf for the public. This facility was not going to be there much longer had it not been for Congaree Foundation saving the golf course.”

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