Golf News for Friday, January 11, 2013 | People

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday congratulates Dustin Johnson on win

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday congratulates Dustin Johnson - official spokesman of the Grand Strand's golf marketing cooperative -- on winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to open the 2013 PGA TOUR season.

Johnson ended a windy week of Hawaiian golf with a final round 5-under 68 on Kapalua's dramatic Plantation Course for a four-stroke victory - his seventh career win on the PGA TOUR. The 28-year-old is the only player other than Tiger Woods to win in each of his first six seasons on TOUR after leaving college.

"Dustin is a world-class champion and our partnership promoting Grand Stand golf vacations has been wonderful," says Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. "The fact that he lived here and loves the area makes him the ideal spokesman for all we offer as America's number one golf destination."

Johnson appears in various marketing materials including print, radio ads, social media and a 30-second television commercial showcasing his talents and affinity for the Myrtle Beach area. He owns a home in Myrtle Beach and is active in the community through his foundation. Johnson graduated from the area's Coastal Carolina University and sponsors the General Hackler Championship each spring.

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About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association comprised of 79 championship golf courses and 99 golf package providers in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the region's thriving golf market. The originator of the "Stay and Play Package," Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about accommodations and golf courses to assist golfers in making the most informed decisions when planning for their next vacation.

Golf Holiday also hosts seven events and tournaments annually to help to foster continued growth of the game. In addition to hosting the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, Golf Holiday also manages the World Amateur Handicap Championship - the world's largest single-site amateur golf tournament, the Summer Family Golf Tournaments, the Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic and the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing.

Shane Sharp
Buffalo Communications

David Wood
Buffalo Communications
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