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People make memories, help junior golfers at Monday After the Masters

Monday After the Masters Pro-Am golf tournament in North Myrtle Beach benefits South Carolina Junior Golf program. (Amanda Kinseth/WPDE)

Thousands of people flocked to North Myrtle Beach to watch celebrities and professional golfers compete in the Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Tournament.

The celebrities are playing for a good cause.

High school students Fulton and Michael get to be caddies.

"I'm a little nervous," said Fulton. "Hopefully I'll get to hit a tee shot or two."

After all, it's a big deal, getting to cart around clubs for pro golfers and celebrities.

"I play basketball so I'm looking forward getting to caddy for a former NBA player," said Michael.

From NBA to NFL players to celebrities on the screen and on the mic, all tested their swing at the annual fundraising pro-am hosted by Darius Rucker and his band, Hootie and the Blowfish.

"From the beginning days, the band decided if they were going to be successful, they were going to make sure they gave back," said Paul Graham, Monday After the Masters tournament director.

The money raised benefits junior golfers, like Fulton and Michael.

"It's all in the mission of creating opportunities for kids, enhancing their lives, and making sure they get opportunities they don't generally get," said Happ Lathrop, South Carolina Junior Golf Association Executive Director.

"This is something they'll remember forever," said Lathrop. "They'll go back and say 'listen to what I did.' It's great, and you see some grins on their faces like you've never seen before."

The South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation has given out more than 100 scholarships since 1995, with the help of the Monday after the Masters event.

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