A sold out crowd watched PGA Tour player Kyle Thompson and former MLB pitcher Jaret Wright win the 17th annual Monday after the Masters Tournament at the Barefoot Resort's Dye Course. Thompson and Wright's team finished at -19 under par along with Tommy Two Glove Gainey and Colt Ford's team and the team including Ken Duke and former Gamecock and NFL wide receiver Sterling Sharpe.
For the eighth consecutive year, the Barefoot Resort's Dye Course hosted Hootie and the Blowfish's Monday after the Masters, the largest single day charity event in South Carolina. Proceeds from Monday After The Masters benefit the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, which supports the educational needs of children in South Carolina and the SC Junior Golf Foundation. The tournament which began in Columbia and went to Kiawah Island before calling the Grand Strand home is now in its 17th year.Monday after the Masters Website
This year's tournament got a huge boost of national exposure as ESPN's Mike and Mike morning sports talk show was broadcast from the first tee box. The show was not only on national radio, but four hours of live coverage on ESPN2. Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg had Jim McMahon and John Daly live among their guests. Hundreds of fans came out early to watch the broadcast and be part of the background.
"The day after the Masters, the sports world is talking about golf, engaged in golf and here's Mike and Mike talking about the Masters right here in Myrtle Beach," Bill Golden of MB Golf Holiday said. "It couldn't be a better spotlight. We're happy to have them here."
Once again celebrities from the PGA, NFL, MLB, music, TV and movies were part of the field. Darius Rucker, lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, has made the transition from pop to country music. While the band is on hiatus, they will always get together for Monday after the Masters.
WPDE Sports Director Rich Chrampanis spent the day at Barefoot Resort for Monday after the Masters
The Long Drive Competition
Josh Kelley, an accomplished musician who gets more headlines for being married to actress Katherine Heigl, was the winner of the celebrity long drive contest with a 266 yard blast.
Furyk misses back 9 magic at Augusta
Jim Furyk heard how fantastic the back nine was on Sunday at the Masters, but he was on his way to Myrtle Beach when all the drama unfolded. Furyk finished at -2 under par in golf's first major and said that Rory McIlroy was making the turn when he worked his way towards the Grand Strand. The reigning FedEx Cup champion was one of two PGA pros in the field with major championships joining John Daly. It was Furyk's second straight appearance at Monday after the Masters.
Golic Knows Golson
ESPN's Mike Golic was happy to be on the Grand Strand. Just like previous ESPN personalities Stuart Scott, Dan Patrick and Tony Kornheiser, Golic was in great spirits talking to the local media and bragging about the great weather. Golic, the former NFL star who played at Notre Dame, was presented a commemorative coin by Myrtle Beach mayor John Rhodes who asked him about Myrtle Beach high star Everett Golson who is now at Notre Dame. Golic instantly knew what the mayor was talking about saying he heard he's a small guy who has a cannon for an arm. Golic says that Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly is all about competition and while he doesn't know if Golson will start as a true freshman, he knows he's a big part of the future at Notre Dame.
Palmetto Touring Pros
Bishopville's Tommy Two Gloves Gainey and Conway's Kristy McPherson were both happy to be close to home and once again competing at Monday after the Masters. Last year when I spoke with Gainey he was playing full time on the Nationwide Tour trying to find the game to get back to the PGA Tour. Thanks to two Nationwide wins, Gainey got some serious confidence and started the 2011 season back on the top level already earning two top 10s. He feels that he's closing in on his first PGA Tour win and it's a matter of staying patient and having it all come together.
McPherson is coming off of left elbow surgery and says she's close to 100 percent. The LPGA Tour has played just five events thus far, but Kristy is looking forward to things picking up in the summer months. Kristy, will be inducted into the Conway High Hall of Fame tomorrow night.
Hootie on the Gamecocks
The entire band are big USC fans and were happy to brag about the Gamecocks fantastic baseball season. Darius Rucker predicted back to back national titles and then proclaimed that football will be a national champion as well. After a pause, Rucker delivered the punch line. "Probably not basketball."