This Thanksgiving weekend, November 22 through November 24, junior golfers will have the opportunity to show off their skills and challenge their abilities at the 50th Annual George Holliday Memorial Junior Golf Tournament. Registration is now open at http://myrtlebeachjuniorgolf.com through November 19 for one of nation’s premier junior golf competitions.
Contestants will have the opportunity to play Myrtle Beach National’s three premier golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer. They were three of the original 15 courses to open in the Myrtle Beach area. King’s North was redesigned by Palmer in 1996 and is consistently ranked with 4.5 stars as one of Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.” The South Creek course is known to test a golfer’s ability against waste bunkers and undulating greens. And, the West Course offers players a more nature-oriented round of golf.
The competition division consists of boys ages 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. Participants are encouraged to register early as these divisions fill up fast. All golfers must be ages 18 years or younger and if 18, must still be enrolled in high school to participate.
Celebrating 50 years, the George Holliday Junior Golf Tournament is the third oldest junior golf tournament in South Carolina. Each year, the tournament is held in remembrance of George Judson Holliday III, a successful junior and collegiate golfer who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1967. At the age of 22, the young golfer already recognized the impact his golfing experience as a junior had on molding his future successes. George was a Gallivants Ferry, South Carolina native and his family established the event to allow other juniors an opportunity compete in a high-caliber tournament setting.
“We are honored to be able to host this tournament in its 50th year at some of the most beautiful courses in the Myrtle Beach area,” said Ryan Ruddy, head golf professional at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club. “We recognize the impact that this competition can have on the future success of junior golfers. George felt that this level of competition was important to a young person’s development. It takes dedication and determination, skills that will make an impact on a youngster’s future on and off the course. It is also not uncommon to have scouts in attendance looking for the future stars of golf like past participants, Lucas Glover, D.J Trahan, and Kristy McPherson.”
Thousands of golfers from across the country flock to Myrtle Beach each year to participate in the event. Last year, it welcomed golfers 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 Brady Hinkle from Lancaster, S.C. The Girls Overall Champion was Gracyn Burgess from Lexington, S.C. We invite vacationers, golf fanatics and families to come out and enjoy this impressive event at no charge. More information about the event is available at http://myrtlebeachjuniorgolf.com or by calling Myrtle Beach National at 843-448-2308.