2005 MONDAY AFTER THE MASTERS CELEBRITY PRO-AM GOLF TOURNAMENT SETS RECORD WITH $425,000 IN DONATIONS
Arnold Palmer and Steve Spurrier to Make First Appearance at the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament in 2006
December 19, 2005, Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Monday After the Masters tournament organizers announced today that proceeds from the 2005 Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament totaled $425,000, breaking the 2004 record of $400,000.
Donations from the 2005 tournament, held April 11, 2005, at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., were distributed to the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation ($200,000), the South Carolina Junior Golf Association ($120,000), the First Tee Program of Spartanburg ($30,000), the South Carolina Juvenile Diabetes Foundation ($15,000), the Fishhouse Foundation of New Hampshire ($10,000) and $50,000 to the Charleston junior golf facility planned for the future.
"When we started the Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament 12 years ago, one of our goals was to make a difference in the lives of youth in our home state of South Carolina," said Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish. "Each year, the tournament grows and more money is raised to benefit our chosen charities. We are grateful to our faithful fans and friends who helped us set a new donation record in 2005. We look forward to an even bigger and better Monday After the Masters in 2006."
Co-hosted by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, the 2006 Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament will once again be held at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Monday, April 10th. This is the fourth year that Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and Barefoot Resort have hosted the event and the 12th year of the Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament.
Two first-time participants have joined the list of celebrities, athletes and musicians scheduled to play in the 2006 Monday After the Masters; Hall of Fame golfer Arnold Palmer and University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier.
Monday After the Masters participants will have the opportunity to bid on a piece of history as Hootie & the Blowfish donated the band's first touring van, a 1993 Ford Econoline Conversion Van Explorer package. The van will be customized by West Coast Customs, the automotive restyling center that handles the conversions on the MTV television show, "Pimp My Ride" and auctioned off at Sunday night's party at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach.
The complete list of Monday After the Masters' celebrity participants and the date for tickets sales will be announced in February 2006.
About the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament
Widely considered as one of the most popular celebrity pro-ams in the country, the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament attracts thousands of people who enjoy the music of the two-time Grammy award winners as well as the friendly competition between the band and their celebrity and PGA professional friends. Over the past 11 years, the Monday After the Masters has donated more than two million dollars to the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation and the Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation, which supports the educational needs of South Carolina.
In the past, the tournament has attracted many big-name PGA professionals including Tiger Woods, David Duval, Craig Stadler, Fred Couples and John Daly, as well as several with South Carolina connections - Jay Haas, Jonathan Byrd, Charles Warren, Brett Quigley, and Kyle Thompson. Past celebrities include Dan Marino, Brett Favre, Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain, Lou Holtz, Jim Hodges, members of Creed, Bernie Kosar, ESPN's Dan Patrick, Stuart Scott and Mike Tirico.
About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association of 65 accommodations and 93 championship golf courses in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization has been and continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the Myrtle Beach area golf market. In addition to hosting the Hootie and the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament and Golfapalooza each spring, Golf Holiday also manages the PGA TOUR Superstore World Amateur Handicap Championship - the world's largest on-site golf tournament, the Summer Family Golf Tournaments, the Spring and Fall Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic, the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing, the National Police Golf Championship and the Annual Golf Writers Association of America Tournament. For more information, please call Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday at 1-800-833-8798 or visit www.golfholiday.com.