If you like watching the golf stars of tomorrow compete against each other, check out the 48th Annual George Holliday Memorial Junior Golf Tournament. If you're a junior looking to test your game on one of junior golf's biggest stages, there's still time to sign up to play in the event which will be held at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Thanksgiving Weekend, November 24-26, 2016.
Hundreds of golfers, ages 10 to 18, will play in the event, which is the third-oldest junior golf tournament in South Carolina. The junior championship is held in memory of George Judson Holliday, III, of Galivants Ferry, S.C., who won a number of junior and collegiate golf tournaments in the 1960s. Holliday had often credited his involvement in golf with helping to shape his life and character. After he died in a car crash at the age of 22 in November 1967, his family started the tournament in his honor the following the year.
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.
“This tournament provides juniors with an opportunity to experience the kind of high-level competition that George felt was so important to his development as a young person,” said Brad Crumling, head golf professional at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club. ”So, it's a great honor for us to host such a prestigious event again in 2016. We've seen some of today's most impressive young golfers come through this tournament over the years. PGA TOUR and LPGA golfers Lucas Glover, D.J. Trahan and Kristy McPherson once competed in this junior field; and in the future, we expect to see more of our tournament participants emerge to play on those big stages.”
More than 10,000 golfers from across the Americas have visited Myrtle Beach to participate in the event. In 2015, golfers came from Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Mexico.
Last year's Boys Overall Champion was Blake Taylor from Atkinson, North Carolina. The Girls Overall Champion was Ashley Czarnecki from Greenville, South Carolina.
There's no charge for the public to attend the tournament.
For more information about how you can attend the event or how to register to compete, go to www.mbn.com/golf-events/george-holliday-jr.-tournament or call Myrtle Beach National at 843-448-2308.