Monday after the Masters

Darius and Jim Furyk line up a puttPGA Tour players, celebrities and avid golfers gathered at Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach on Monday with two goals in mind, have fun playing golf and raise money for the South Carolina Junior Golf Association so thousands of young golfers can do the same thing.

Still basking in the glow of one of the most exciting major championships in recent memory, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and pop band Hootie and the Blowfish joined forces for its traditional Monday After the Masters, a celebrity pro-am dedicated to raising funds to promote junior golf in the Palmetto State.

The event featured PGA Tour stars such as 2010 Heritage champion Jim Furyk, power-hitting John Daly, Chris DiMarco and former Clemson star DJ Trahan. The professionals were joined by a host of celebrities that included former NFL stars Jim McMahon and Sterling Sharpe, Blue Collar comedian Ron White and NASCAR star Michael Waltrip, to name just a few.

In addition to those celebrities, the hundreds of golfers that participated in the event and the thousands that came out to see the action were treated to a morning with ESPN Radio stars Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, who hosted their award-winning MIKE and MIKE in the Morning show in the shadow of the clubhouse at the Pete Dye Course.

Woody Austin signs autographs.Monday’s event was the 17th Monday after the Masters, a single-day fundraiser that started as a simple outing at Fort Jackson in Columbia, but with the help of Hootie front man turned country music star Darius Rucker and Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, it has morphed into the most successful in the state of South Carolina. In fact, with this year’s stellar turnout and amazing public support from the Grand Strand, Monday after the Masters, or MAM as its ardent supporters know it by, has raised more than $5 million for the South Carolina Junior Golf Association during its history.

Appearing on Mike and Mike, Rucker said his love of the game, and a desire to help make it more accessible for children to experience it, has been the driving force behind the band’s long-term commitment to the event. In addition to the junior golf association, the event helps to fund First Tee initiatives throughout the state, including a Myrtle Beach program, and has helped 75 students attend college through the South Carolina National Minority Golf Scholarship.

In addition to that good giving, the event also allows golfers, both young and old, the opportunity to interact and appreciate professional golfers and celebrities that love the game equally. MIKE and MIKE co-star Mike Golic, a former Notre Dame football captain and Philadelphia Eagles star, interacted with spectators for more than 40 minutes following the radio broadcast, signing autographs and taking pictures with anyone that wanted them.

Mike & Mike and The Band at The Dye Club

Comedian Ron White, in full form with a cigar and loud shorts, took pictures and signed autographs on the practice green for anyone that wanted them. It was the same for every celebrity and pro throughout the day as participants and spectators enjoyed an afternoon of golf, frolic and, most importantly, giving. It’s that combination that makes MAM so special and keeps the professionals and celebrities coming back to Myrtle Beach the day after the Masters every year.

The event was played on the Pete Dye course, one of four spectacular golf courses at Barefoot Resort, which is located in the heart of North Myrtle Beach. For the fifth consecutive year, the pro-am fundraiser was a sellout, meaning more than 6,000 spectators and a host of children 12 years and younger (in for free) flooded the Dye course to enjoy the golf and ancillary entertainment.

As in the past, the day was capped with a rousing concert event hosting by Hootie and the Blowfish at the famed House of Blues, which sites just steps from the entrance to Barefoot Resort


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