There are several events this week surrounding the PGA of America’s upcoming PGA Professional National Championship that area residents can attend and/or take part in.
The tournament, featuring 312 club and teaching professionals from across the country, is being played Sunday through Wednesday at the Grande Dunes Resort Course and The Dunes Golf and Beach Club. Both courses will host the opening two rounds and The Dunes Club will host the final two rounds.
A youth clinic kicks off the events from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arcadian Shores Golf Club. The clinic will be staffed by area PGA pros, is geared toward juniors from local youth organizations and will focus on the fun and fitness elements of golf, with instruction, games and giveaways.
Arcadian Shores will also host an armed forces clinic from 2-5 p.m. for both active and veteran military personnel and their families. Dennis Walters, the 2008 PGA Distinguished Service Award recipient who is paralyzed from the waist down, will display his shotmaking skills in an entertaining program during the armed forces clinic.
The PGA of America and Carolinas PGA Section will host a series of PGA Family Fun Zone events over the weekend. The free family golf festivals are open to the public and and include group lessons, games and other fun activities to encourage area families to play the game.
They will be held from 3-10 p.m. Friday at Celebrity Circle at Broadway at the Beach, from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at TicketReturn.com Field for Myrtle Beach Pelicans ticketed patrons, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday during the Youth Baseball Nationals Tournament at Grand Park at The Market Common.
A free Drive, Chip & Putt local qualifier for juniors ages 7-14 will begin at noon Saturday at River Hills Golf & County Club. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Monday.
There were 116 juniors registered as of Monday morning and spots were available in all age groups. Top finishers will advance to sectional qualifiers, and the final will be held at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the 2015 Masters Tournament next April.