Industry Leaders Were Enshrined During Ceremony at Pine Lakes Country Club
Larry Leagans, who operated Eagle Nest Golf Club, and the late Ed Bullock, who oversaw construction of Surf Club and Myrtle Beach National before becoming head pro at each facility, were inducted into the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame Thursday evening at Pine Lakes Country Club.
“Larry Leagans and Ed Bullock were driving forces in the Myrtle Beach golf community when the area was on the front end of its emergence, setting a standard that helped lift the entire market,” said Bill Golden, president of Golf Tourism Solutions. “They worked tirelessly to make Myrtle Beach a better golf destination and both men are richly deserving of this honor.”
Bullock, who was inducted into the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame in 1993, left his native North Carolina and moved to the South Carolina coast in the late 1950s to pursue his passion: golf. It didn’t take long for his avocation to become his occupation.
He became the construction supervisor at The Surf Club, Myrtle Beach’s third course, before taking over as head pro, working at the esteemed layout from 1959-1972. Bullock left the Surf Club for a similar challenge at an even higher profile facility, overseeing construction and eventually assuming the mantle of head pro at Myrtle Beach National, where he worked until his 1985 retirement.
Bullock passed away in 1995 at the age of 77; his daughter, Trisha, was in attendance to accept the induction plaque on his behalf.
A stint in the Air Force brought Leagans to Myrtle Beach and he never left. He broke into the golf business as general manager of the Cabana Terrace Motor Inn, where he became a tireless advocate for the golf package, before leasing Eagle Nest for 20 years.
Leagans’ work at Eagle Nest provided a blueprint for success along the North Strand and opened the area to traveling golfers. He also contributed to the community through his work with Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, the Myrtle Beach Golf Course Owners Association, and Grand Strand Tee Time Network.
Bullock and Leagans constituted the 10th class inducted into the MBGHOF and they were the 24th and 25th enshrinees.
Other members of the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame are: Robert White, Jimmy D’Angelo, Carolyn Cassidy Cudone, Clay Brittain, Cecil Brandon, George “Buster” Bryan, Gary Schaal, Paul Himmelsbach, Charles Byers, Egerton Burroughs, Bryan Floyd, Edward Jerdon, George Hilliard, Russell “Doc” Burgess, Critt Gore, Sandy Miles, Phillips Goings, Kelly Tilghman, Robert LeComte, Vernon Brake and Edward Burroughs.
Established to pay tribute to the men and women who have played significant roles in the development of the Myrtle Beach area golf industry, the Hall of Fame opened in 2009.
For more information about Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame, visit www.themyrtlebeachgolfhalloffame.com.