Inaugural Myrtle Beach Amateur to be held at TPC of Myrtle Beach

ablondin@thesunnews.comJuly 7, 2014 

Mike Mansour, the outside operations supervisor at the TPC of Myrtle Beach for the past six years, believes there is a need for another competitive amateur golf tournament on the Grand Strand, so he has created one.

The inaugural Myrtle Beach Amateur Championship will be held at the TPC in Murrells Inlet on Aug. 12-13, and will be open to amateurs of all ages.

The entry fee is $125 for the two mid-week rounds, and tee times off holes 1 and 10 will begin at 7:30 a.m.

Six divisions are planned – men, senior men, junior boys, women, senior women and junior girls – with gross and net champions in each. Mansour is hoping to attract up to 100 players.

“I’m excited about it because I haven’t seen anything like this around here for years,” Mansour said. “I just really want to get something going down here that will be competitive.”

The men’s and women’s Mayor’s Cup tournaments in the fall at Whispering Pines Golf Club are among the few amateur tournaments in the area that aren’t affixed to a club membership.

No participants will play from the back tees. Men ages 18-49 will play the 6,400-yard blue tees and other participants will be moved up from there. “I want to make it competitive but fun,” Mansour said.

Each participant will receive a gift bag. The overall gross champion will win a round at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course, and the overall net winner will receive a round at the TPC Sawgrass Valley Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. A $100 gift card will be included to cover gas expenses.

Mansour said division winners will receive golf clubs or bags, and others will win gift cards. “I’ll definitely have a lot of prizes,” Mansour said.

The tournament’s primary sponsors are the Dustin Johnson Golf School, On the Half Shell Oyster Bar, Sam Snead’s Oak Grill & Tavern, Murphy’s Law Sports & Raw Bar, and DeAngelo Chiropractic.

Mansour previously oversaw outside operations at World Tour Golf Links for eight years and ran tournaments in Rhode Island. He has been as low as a 5 handicap and is interested in starting a two-man best ball tournament in December.

Though the Myrtle Beach Amateur isn’t a charitable fundraising event, Mansour will take donations for The Humane Society if people want to donate. He previously ran an event that benefited that organization. The entry deadline is Aug. 6. Call Mansour at 843-457-6977 for more information or to enter.

Contact ALAN BLONDIN at 626-0284 or on Twitter @alanblondin, or read his blog Green Reading at myrtlebeachonline.com

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