Tuesday, December 6, 2011

43RD ANNUAL GEORGE HOLLIDAY MEMORIAL JUNIOR GOLF TOURNAMENT


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(The Brandon Agency)

HARDEE AND PROVASNIK CLAIM BOYS AND GIRLS TITLES AT THE 43RD ANNUAL GEORGE HOLLIDAY MEMORIAL JUNIOR GOLF TOURNAMENT IN MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.

South Carolina and Ohio Residents Join Former Winners Including U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover and LPGA Tour Player Kristy McPherson

November 29, 2011, Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Jonathan Hardee of Greer, S.C. and Jessica Provasnik of Hinckley, Ohio won the boys and girls titles, respectively, at the 43rd Annual George Holliday Memorial Junior Golf Tournament held at the Myrtle Beach National courses in South Carolina, November 24-26.

Hardee, 15, a sophomore at Riverside High School, opened the tournament with a 5-under-par round of 67 on the Myrtle Beach National King’s North course and followed it up with rounds of 70 and 73 to shoot 6-under 210 for the event and claim a three-shot victory over 17 year old Bryan Carter of Yorktown, Va.

Provasnik, 16, a junior at Highland High School, claimed the Girls Division title with a score of 4-over 220 (70-75-75), good for a three-stroke victory over Lamar, S.C. resident Eden Howard.

The George Holliday Memorial Tournament is the third-oldest junior golf tournament in South Carolina and has been named one of the top junior tournaments in America by the Heritage Classic Foundation. It is held at Myrtle Beach National’s SouthCreek, West and King’s North courses and is open to junior golfers under the age of 18.

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).

This year, the tournament drew a field of 241 participants hailing from 15 states and Canada.

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.

About The Annual George Holiday Memorial Junior Golf Tournament

Played every year over Thanksgiving Weekend, this exciting Junior Tournament is a popular event for the entire family. All golfers up to 18 years of age are entered based on age. There are both male and female divisions, and for the fourth year in a row, the tournament is expanded to 3 rounds and limited to the first 420 entries.

The "George Holliday Memorial" Junior Golf Tournament was established to honor a successful junior and collegiate golfer who was tragically killed in 1967 in an automobile accident at the age of 22. This Galivants Ferry, S.C. native believed that his experience as a junior golfer was paramount in molding him into the fine young man he became. His family created this tournament to give more juniors this opportunity.

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