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|Former Chicago Bear Jim McMahon hits a shot during Monday After The Masters in Myrtle Beach. (Courtesy of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday)|
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina sure knows how to throw a party, especially when golf is involved.
The 19th annual Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, which takes place April 15, continues to be a popular bash, selling out for the eighth consecutive year.
The exclusive Dye Club at Barefoot Resort will serve as host for the 11th consecutive year. Gates open at 5:30 a.m. to allow the estimated 6,000 fans to claim their favorite spot on the stadium-style Pete Dye Course at Barefoot, where they can interact with their favorite celebrity, and maybe secure a few autographs.
Monday After The Masters is the largest one-day charity event in South Carolina, raising more $4 million in its history and benefiting state education programs and the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation. The event has attracted some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment including Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Bill Murray, Annika Sorenstam, Samuel L. Jackson and Dan Marino. ESPN's "Mike & Mike in the Morning" -- hosted by Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg -- will broadcast live from the event for the third straight year.
The MAM fun kicks off Sunday night with a Live Auction and Pairings Party and ends with an After Party/Concert Monday night, both at Myrtle Beach House of Blues.
"It's a very cool event," said Chris King, a spokesman for Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, a non-profit trade association comprised of golf courses and golf package providers in the region. "It's not only great for Myrtle Beach residents, but for our golfers in town. Historically, the celebrities are great with their time. It brings a unique vibe to the spring golf season. Myrtle Beach is an area known for having a good time. This is as good as it gets."
The list of celebrities in this year's field is long and quite diverse. Davis Love III, former NBA star Rick Barry, Nancy Lopez and legendary defensive ends Bruce Smith and Jason Taylor will attend for the first time. There are former baseball stars (Johnny Damon), former football stars (Jim McMahon and L.C. Greenwood), a NASCAR driver (Michael Waltrip) and of course, Hootie & the Blowfish members Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber and Jim Sonefeld. South Carolina native Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey, Boo Weekley, John Daly and Dustin Johnson headline the PGA Tour contingent.
Jamie Supanich, a 33-year-old engineer from Medina, Ohio will get to enjoy life inside the ropes with Johnson after winning a sweepstakes run by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. Supanich said April 3 that he was buying a new set of clubs to prepare for his big round. Supanich said he regularly shoots between 46 and 48 in his nine-hole weekly league in summer.
"I will not get psyched out and try to hit it as far as Dustin Johnson, because that's not possible," he said. "I will not get stressed out about bad shots. I'll just wear a smile on my face and have fun. I did get some butterflies going yesterday, but usually I'm an easy-going guy. Definitely, the first tee will be the most nerve-wracking."
Johnson's team will have to go low to win the tournament. Last year, the six-person team led by PGA Tour player Ken Duke and former NFL star Sterling Sharpe captured the title with a 20-under-par score of 52. Thankfully at the MAM, even the last-place finishers are guaranteed a good time.
For more information, see www.hootiegolf.com.
April 4, 2013
Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 600 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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