There will be little down time during the events surrounding The RSM Classic’s schedule for Saturday, Nov. 19, when PGA golf fans can go straight from the 18th hole to the country music entertainment venue at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport.
The annual fundraiser for the Davis Love Foundation has added Matt Rogers to the entertainment lineup, a rising country talent who will warm up the stage for headliner and country music star Cole Swindell. This is the first time in the five-year history of the PGA Tour fundraiser that an opening act has been included, said tournament director Scott Reid.
But Rogers is a natural to fit the bill, Reid said. A fellow Georgian like Swindell, Rogers has played several shows on St. Simons Island, including gigs at the King and Prince’s ECHO restaurant, the Ocean Lodge’s Rooftop Restaurant and the Village Inn and Pub.
In early 2015, Rogers left behind a steady job as an X-Ray technician in Macon to pursue a country music career in Nashville. With songs like “I Was Raised” and “The Georgia Way,” he was nominated this year for the Josie Award as the Country Male Artist of the Year and was awarded the Georgia Country Awards’ Overall Artist of Year in November of 2015.
The RSM Classic features PGA Tour players, such as St. Simons Island’s own Davis Love III, playing from Nov. 17-20 at the Sea Island Resort’s Seaside and Plantation golf courses on St. Simons Island. With Rogers opening for Swindell, Saturday’s entertainment will flow smoothly from the fairway to center stage, Reid said.
“He’s been to this area before and he’s got some good friends in the area,” Reid said. “It’s kind of a natural fit. Play will be over around 4:30 and the gates will open around 5 o’clock. Concessions will be open and people can get some food and drinks and hear a really good up and comer.”
Rogers will play about an hour-long set beginning around 6 p.m., Reid said. Then the stage belongs to Swindell, whose hits include the No. 1 single “You Should Be Here” as well as the Gold Certified “Let Me See Ya Girl” and the platinum certified “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight.”