Thousands raised for charity at Monday After the Masters

Improving education was the goal as celebrities came to the Grand Strand Monday for golf and a good cause.

The annual Monday After the Masters pro-am tournament in North Myrtle Beach was another sellout, with 6,000 spectator tickets sold for the event hosted by the rock group Hootie and the Blowfish.

Cloudy skies and an occasional raindrop may have held a few fans back, but thousands still came out to see some golf, do a little celebrity-watching and generally have some fun.

"To see some of the big name golfers and some celebrities, and I got two of my buddies and it's a good time," said fan Dave McGlaughlin of Longs.

Fans craned their necks and jostled for position to get a few snapshots of their favorite celebrities, like pro golfer Jim Furyk or NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino.

One goal of the day for many fans was to snag an autograph from someone famous.

Dawn Pomposi waited patiently near the tee for the first hole, hoping a celebrity would stop by. She missed John Daly and a few other stars, "but I'm going to stand here and I'm sure I'm going to get a few today," she said.

Monday After the Masters has made its home at Barefoot Resort for 11 years, raising thousands of dollars each year for charitable causes.

"It's to help kids in South Carolina and around the country, that's what it's all about," said Hootie and the Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker.

Some of the money goes to the South Carolina Junior Golf Association, introducing hundreds of young people over the years to the game of golf.

Monday After the Masters has raised $4.5 million since it began 19 years ago, with much of the money aimed at helping kids get a better education.

"We support charities in South Carolina related to music or children's causes, education," said Hootie band member Jim Sonefeld. "There's more than we can support every year, unfortunately, but we do our part to try and make an impact."

Sonefeld joked that Myrtle Beach is the only place where they can play such bad golf and still keep getting invited to come back, but he says the band loves the Grand Strand and plans to keep coming back for years to come.