Sunday, October 10, 2010

42ND ANNUAL GEORGE HOLLIDAY MEMORIAL JUNIOR GOLF TOURNAMENT


MYRTLE BEACH NATIONAL TO WELCOME PREP GOLFERS FOR 42ND ANNUAL GEORGE HOLLIDAY MEMORIAL JUNIOR GOLF TOURNAMENT, NOVEMBER 25-27, 2010

U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover and LPGA Tour Player Kristy McPherson Two Past Competitors in One of South Carolinas’s Oldest Junior Golf Tournaments

The 42nd Annual George Holliday Memorial Junior Golf Tournament, named one of the top junior tournaments by the Heritage Classic Foundation, returns to Myrtle Beach, S.C. November 25-27, 2010. The entry fee is $145 and includes three rounds of golf at Myrtle Beach National, or $89 for nine holes all three days for players nine years-of-age and under.

The George Holliday Memorial Tournament is the third-oldest junior golf tournament in South Carolina and is open to junior golfers up to the age of 18, who compete in three rounds at Myrtle Beach National’s SouthCreek, West and King’s North courses. The boys’ division consists of four age levels: 10-11; 12-13; 14-15; and 16-18 years-of-age. There are three age brackets in the girls’ division: 10-12; 13-14; and 15-18 years-of-age. All golfers who are 18 must still be enrolled in high school to participate. There will also be a nine years-of-age and under division in which younger golfers will only play nine holes each day. Boys 14-18 will play from the back tees and are eligible for the overall championship. Girls 13-18 will be eligible for the girls’ championship.

“Myrtle Beach National has always been very proud of the tradition and legacy surrounding the 42 years of the George Holliday Junior Golf Tournament,” said Jim Woodring, vice president of golf operations and marketing for the Myrtle Beach National Company. “This tournament is the highlight of our event schedule and we look forward to welcoming junior golfers and their families to the Myrtle Beach area from all over the country over the Thanksgiving holiday.”
The junior championship is held in memory of George Judson Holliday, III, of Galivants Ferry, S.C., who won many junior level and collegiate tournaments before dying at the age of 22 in November 1967.

More than 10,000 juniors have visited the Myrtle Beach area to participate in this tournament over the years. The event has hosted numerous junior golfers who have achieved success on the professional and the collegiate level including PGA TOUR and LPGA golfers Lucas Glover, D.J. Trahan and Kristy McPherson; former collegiate golfers George Bryan IV (South Carolina), Sam Lyons (Coastal Carolina) and Cimmie Shanan (Furman); and current collegiate players Jacob Burger (Clemson) and Tripp McCallister (Coastal Carolina).

In recent years, the tournament has welcomed participants from states and foreign countries including Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico and Canada.

The George Holliday Junior Golf Tournament is limited to the first 250 golfers. For more information, or to register for the event, contact Myrtle Beach National at (800) 882-2614 or visit MBN.com/holliday.

About The Myrtle Beach National Company

The Myrtle Beach National (MBN) Company has evolved into one of the leading golf course ownership and now management companies in the Southeast, featuring many of the most well-respected signature courses along the Grand Strand. The company was formed in 1971 with the construction of the Arnold Palmer-designed original 54-hole golf complex, which includes the West Course, SouthCreek (both designed by Francis Duane and Arnold Palmer) and King’s North, also an Arnold Palmer design that has achieved national notoriety. Myrtle Beach National has grown to include the Robert Trent Jones designed Waterway Hills, Jack Nicklaus’ Long Bay, Tom Jackson’s River Club and Aberdeen Country Club, Dan Maples’ Willbrook Plantation, Willard Byrd’s Litchfield Country Club, Gary Player’s Blackmoor Golf Club, Clyde Johnston’s Wachesaw Plantation East, and Jeff Brauer, Larry Nelson, Willard Byrd’s Wild Wing Plantation and Jack Nicklaus’ Pawleys Plantation, all premier Myrtle Beach area signature courses.

Myrtle Beach National has hosted tournaments for men, women, senior or junior golfers for more than 35 years to help grow the game of golf. Every November, Myrtle Beach National-sponsored George Holliday Memorial Tournament, recently named one of the top-ranked junior tournaments by the Heritage Classic Foundation, draws more than 400 prep golfers to the Grand Strand. During the spring, Myrtle Beach National welcomes more than 150 junior golfers to the area during Easter weekend for the Myrtle Beach Junior Golf Shoot-out Tournament. In the fall, Myrtle Beach National welcomes women golfers and couples to the Grand Strand for “The Carolina Couples Classic” and “Just Girls Weekend.” For more information, visit MBN.com or call (800) 882-2614.

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