A funeral was held Friday for a man who was a significant contributor to the Myrtle Beach golf industry over several decades.
Dr. Russell Burgess of North Myrtle Beach died at the age of 90. He was a part owner of National Golf Management through his earlier involvement with the Myrtle Beach National group, and was also a past partner in Beachwood Golf Club for some time.
Burgess played a part in Myrtle Beach golf policies as a board member of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association and Grand Strand Tee Time Network over the past 30 years, and he played a key role in the creation of the Tee Time Network.
“Dr. Burgess was really one of the pioneers of the golf industry in the Myrtle Beach area,” said MBAGCOA executive director George Hilliard.
Dr. Burgess, who was a retired dentist, is survived by his wife of 73 years, Anne Smorczeski Burgess of North Myrtle Beach, son, Russell Burgess Jr., and grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Though he is gone, his contributions to the Myrtle Beach golf community and market will live on.
Contact ALAN BLONDIN at 626-0284.