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      Young inventor has big plans for Myrtle Ball game

      What would you get if you combined the best parts of bocce ball, corn hole and some other backyard games?

      If you're inventor and budding businessman DJ Hudson of Conway, you'd get a brand new game that could be the next big hit on the beach.

      Hudson, who's only 18 years old, likes going to the beach, but he gets bored just sitting there. He wanted something new to do.

      One day, he found some buckets and bocce balls at home, headed to the beach and his new game, Myrtle Ball, was born.

      "So I got the scoring system kind of based on corn hole but I added my own little myrtle ball twist to it and then that was the same deal with bocce ball and things like that," DJ said.

      The goal of Myrtle Ball is to score points by tossing colored balls into buckets buried in the sand. One point for the big bucket and three for the smaller one. The winning score could be 15 points or whatever the players decide.

      It's a simple idea, but DJ's friends say it's simply awesome.

      "It's just like corn hole, the whole setup, the whole points system, and it's just a different feel since it's on the beach. It's really cool," said Thomas Garavito of Socastee.

      DJ says Myrtle Ball is an improvement over other beach games because it doesn't require much room to play, so it doesn't bother other people, and it's safe. There's no one getting hit in the face by a Frisbee or football.

      DJ and his friends say every time they take Myrtle Ball out to the beach, they end up being surrounded by people who come up to them and ask, What are you guys playing?

      "The first time my friends and I came out here, we were set up along the pier, we had a crowd of about 30 just surrounding us, we had people up on the pier watching us, and that's been consistent every time," DJ said.

      He says all the parts, including the mesh bag, cup and shovels that come with the game, are American made.

      So far, he's only sold them on his website, but he's working on getting them into local beach stores.

      DJ recently graduated from Socastee High School and plans to major in international business at the University of South Carolina.