As the end of the calendar year approaches, it brings about the beginning of a stretch of Myrtle Beach’s most prominent junior golf events.
Some of the game’s premier players have cut their teeth playing junior golf along the Grand Strand, and that’s a trend sure to continue with a strong lineup of events on tap over the next six months.
— The 50th Annual George Holliday Memorial Junior Tournament will be played November 22-24 at Myrtle Beach National. The George Holliday, a 54-hole event with boys and girls divisions, will be contested on all three courses at MBN – King’s North, SouthCreek and the West Course. Among the past participants are Lucas Glover, D.J. Trahan and Kirsty McPherson. The tournament was launched to honor George Holliday, a star junior and collegiate player who was tragically killed in a 1967 automobile accident.
— Weeks later the 29th Annual Charles Tilghman Junior Championship will be played December 8-9 at Surf Club and the Grande Dunes Members Club. A Carolinas PGA sanctioned event, the Tilghman is one of the state’s premier events and counts PGA TOUR champion Wesley Bryan among its past champions.
— The area’s newest event is among the nation’s best and fastest rising tournaments – the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship. The fourth annual tournament will be played March 1-4 at TPC Myrtle Beach and the field is again expected to be one of the most competitive in the country. The 54-hole event attracts an international field, and the previous two years, Johnson has made an appearance, taking a picture with every player in the field at the pre-tournament banquet.
— The Palmetto High School Golf Championship annually attracts 30+ teams from across the nation to Myrtle Beach for a 54-hole, college-style event. This is America’s premier scholastic, team event and players such as Rickie Fowler, a California native, have flown across the country to participate. Adding to the fun, this year’s tournament, which will be held April 18-20, will be played at True Blue and Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, two of America’s premier public courses.