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Strand golfers invite Senate candidate Greene out to the links

U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene will be in the area on Sunday to play golf and meet with residents, the Democrat said Friday.

The visit isn't sponsored by any political group. Instead, it is being organized by a 24-member golf club that calls itself the Kennedy Group, named for their captain, Joe Kennedy, said member Gerry Shea, who issued the invitation to Greene.

Greene will join members of the golf group at Indigo Creek Golf Club with a 7:30 a.m. tee time, Shea said. He expects the foursomes to finish between 11 a.m. and noon and said Greene will be available to talk with the public before they tee off and at the clubhouse after they complete the round.

"We're just a local group of guys who live in Horry County ... who play different courses all the time," Shea said. "We thought it would be a good opportunity for him to get his name out there and come out here to meet people."

The 32-year-old candidate has been the focus of national attention and scrutiny since he beat a better-known and better-funded candidate to win the primary on June 8. He was indicted last week on two obscenity-related charges connected to an allegation that he showed a pornographic image to a University of South Carolina student.

He has declined to end his candidacy despite calls from fellow Democrats, and he will face incumbent Republican Sen. Jim DeMint and Green Party nominee Tom Clements.

He accepted the invitation, but does Greene play golf?

"Not really," he said. "But I'm willing to try."