Thursday, October 27, 2011

Benefit to Support Both the Salute Military Golf Association and the Wounded Warrior Project



42-year-old Air Force veteran Mark Chapman, plans to play 11 rounds of golf (that's 198 holes) on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2011. Additionally, adding to the challenge, he plans to finish in just under 11 hours. The golf marathon will be held at Waterway Hills Golf Club in Myrtle Beach and will benefit both the Salute Military Golf Association and the Wounded Warrior Project. Needless to say, this will be an event to behold. I visited the Wounded Warrior Projects' website and am impressed. Visit the Wounded Warrior Project Shop and check out all the cool products they have to offer. A portion of each sale goes to support the project.

NEWS RELEASE

For More Information, Contact:
Phil Werz or Erin Barrett, The Brandon Agency, (843) 916-2000
pwerz@thebrandonagency.com; ebarrett@thebrandonagency.com

AIR FORCE VETERAN SET TO PLAY 11 ROUNDS OF GOLF TO HONOR VETERANS ON 11-11-11 IN MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.

Effort by 21-Year Air Force Veteran to Benefit Wounded Warrior Project and Salute Military Golf Association

October 27, 2011, Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, the non-profit golf marketing cooperative, announced today that 42-year-old Air Force veteran Mark Chapman, will attempt to play 11 rounds of golf on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2011. The golf marathon will be held at Waterway Hills Golf Club in Myrtle Beach and will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Salute Military Golf Association.

Chapman, a student at Golf Academy of America (GAA) in Myrtle Beach, will begin playing 11 rounds of golf at sunrise November 11 (6:43 a.m.) and hopes to finish playing the 198 holes by sunset (5:16 p.m.). Chapman is a 21-year Air Force veteran and participated in several military campaigns including Operation Iraqi Freedom and is a recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of playing 11 rounds of golf in honor of Veteran’s Day,” said Chapman. “I have been preparing for what will be a rigorous day. But, I will think about the men and women who sacrifice for our country every day and how they wish they could be playing golf with me on Veteran’s Day. Plus, it is all for a great cause, so I hope we get plenty of support for the Salute Military Golf Association and the Wounded Warrior Project.”

Those interested in making a donation to the Salute Military Golf Association, or the Wounded Warrior Project can drop them off at Waterway Hill Golf Club, or the GAA campus office in Myrtle Beach. Donations can also be taken over the phone by calling Golf Academy of America at (843) 236-0481. All donations will be evenly split to support Salute Military Golf Association and the Wounded Warrior Project, and are tax-deductable. Donations can also be made online at http://www.smga.org/, or http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/. Those donating $10, or more, will receive a complimentary 30-minute golf lesson from one of the PGA professionals at GAA Myrtle Beach.

In order to play 11 rounds on November 11, Chapman will need to play 18 holes at a pace of approximately 58 minutes per round. On Tuesday, October 18, Chapman played 18 holes to simulate one of the speed rounds of golf. He finished the round in 43:47. He only used six clubs including: driver, hybrid, 8-iron, two wedges and a putter.

Waterway Hills is a 27-hole facility, so Chapman will play the facility’s Oaks Nine course 22 times to equal 11 rounds of golf. He will play from the members tees which measures 3,080 yards for nine holes translating to 6,160 yards for each 18 hole round. This means Chapman’s 11 rounds will equate to 67,760 yards of golf, or 38.5 miles. Chapman will have the use of an E-Z-Go golf cart for transportation throughout the 11 rounds.

“We are honored that someone who served his country for 21 years wants to attempt to play 11 rounds for a couple of great military causes,” said Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. “We know that Mark has been preparing himself for what should be an amazing accomplishment. We encourage everyone to support Mark by supporting the participating military charities on Veteran’s Day.”

For more information about golf in Myrtle Beach, visit http://www.golfholiday.com/.

About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association comprised of 79 championship golf courses, 99 golf package providers and five golf schools in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization has been and continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the Myrtle Beach area golf market. The originator of the “Stay and Play Package,” Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about the area 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 grow the game of golf and attract golfers to the Grand Strand during slower times of year. In addition to hosting the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, Golf Holiday also manages the GOLF.com 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. For more information, call Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday at 1-800-845-4653 or visit http://www.golfholiday.com/.

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