Thanksgiving means golf for hundreds of junior players

For some people, it's become a Thanksgiving tradition to get the family together in Myrtle Beach and watch the kids play golf.

The George Holliday Memorial Junior Golf Tournament has been a Thanksgiving weekend staple on the Grand Strand for more than four decades.

"It's definitely a new, interesting way to spend Thanksgiving," said Taylor Ingle, 18, one of the participants in this year's tourney.

Ingle's parents made the trip to Myrtle Beach from their home in Winnsboro to watch Taylor play this weekend.

This is the fifth year the Ingles have come to the tournament and they say it's a fun and unique way to spend the holiday.

"You get to meet people, meet new people, new relationships start," said Taylor's father, Rick Ingle. "(Taylor's) starting college next year and he's developed a lot of genuine relationships that have extended beyond this tournament during the year."

As Taylor makes college plans, he hopes to land a golf scholarship to help pay the bills. The tournament might give him a head start.

"As I understand it, there are coaches here scouting, so we'll see," Rick Ingle said.

While Tim Clendenin's wife and daughter are back home in Ash, North Carolina, cooking up a big Thanksgiving dinner, Tim followed his 18-year-old son, Chris, to the tournament, just to see what it was all about and do something a little different for the holiday.

"He likes golf, and we like golf, and it just seemed like a good thing," said Tim Clendenin.

On a bright sunny day, with a bit of a chill in the air and some good competition, what could be better than a few rounds of golf on a beautiful course?

"I love that this is a prestigious golf course and you get to play all three courses for a small fee," said Taylor Ingle.

This is the 44th annual tournament at the Myrtle Beach National Golf Course. More than 10,000 young people have participated in the tournament over the years, including a few like Kristi McPherson, who later became professional players.

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