More than 750 military veterans from throughout the United States and its territories have once more descended upon the Grand Strand golf scene for a week of competition and camaraderie, as the GolfBuddy Veterans Classic tees it up this week from 18 Myrtle Beach-area courses.
The two-person team event is built around fellowship and honoring the brave men and women who have served our country. It features 764 players (721 men and 43 women) from 38 states, Guam and Canada, with at least one person on each team having served in the United States Military. Armed forces branch representation is led this year by the U.S. Army with 236 participants, followed by the Air Force (158), Navy (111), Marine Corps (67), Coast Guard (15) and National Guard (13).
War veterans comprise 29 percent of this year’s field, with representation among members of The American Legion (91), Veterans of Foreign Wars (66) and members of both organizations (62). All players compete in one of seven flights (Eisenhower, Franks, Lemay, MacArthur, Nimitz, Taylor, Westmoreland), each named in honor of prominent past military leaders.
Monday’s first-round action (best ball) teed off from Pawleys Plantation, Aberdeen, The Wizard, Burning Ridge, Founders Club at Pawleys Island, Blackmoor and Sandpiper Bay. Tuesday’s second-round scramble moves to Diamondback, Man O’ War, Long Bay, Tradition Club, River Hills, Shaftesbury Glen and Wachesaw Plantation East, while Wednesday’s final round (modified alternate shot) wraps up play at The Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina University, True Blue, Blackmoor, Meadowlands, Shaftesbury Glen, Arrowhead and The Wizard.
The Veterans Classic is powered for a second straight year by event title sponsor GolfBuddy, a leading innovator in the golf rangefinder industry with a primary goal to provide the most accurate and innovative golf rangefinders in the market. They are joined by presenting sponsor PGA TOUR Superstore in supporting the efforts of Golf Tourism Solutions’ Events Division in conducting the 2022 event, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Project Golf – a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing the game and using it as a therapeutic means of aiding disabled veterans through its PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) initiative.