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Spring shootout, First Tee opportunities upcoming for junior golfers

Area youth take part in First Tee of the Grand Strand golf at Eagle's Nest Golf Club last year.
Area youth take part in First Tee of the Grand Strand golf at Eagle's Nest Golf Club last year. jlee@thesunnews.com

Junior golfers have some opportunities upcoming, as the 13th annual Myrtle Beach Junior Golf Shootout is being held March 25-26 at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club, and The First Tee of the Grand Strand’s spring After School and Saturday programs begin this Friday.

Juniors ages 7-14 can register for First Tee instruction at one of eight locations, which is up from just three sites in 2014.

Spring classes are a total of $40 and meet for 90 minutes one day per week for eight weeks between the times of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Registration can be done online at www.thefirstteethegrandstrand.org, or participants can speak to the lead coach at each site’s first session.

Wachesaw Plantation and the Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina are new sites in the program this spring, and are joined by Eagle Nest Golf Club, Willbrook Plantation, Cane Patch Par 3 and Driving Range, Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club, Legends Resort and Crown Park Golf Club.

Fitted clubs are provided for participants without their own sets.

“We are working hard to expand playing opportunities for our participants, including Play Days at After School sites and the par 3 courses in the area,” said First Tee executive director Rich Abraham.

The Junior Golf Shootout will be played on MBN’s SouthCreek and West courses.

It is sanctioned by the South Carolina Junior Golf Association. Top finishers will earn points for the Junior Golf Scoreboard.

Interested golfers can register online through Monday at www.MyrtleBeachJuniorGolf.com. After Monday, players can register by calling the course at 843-448-2308 any time before the first round. The tournament entry fee is $135 and includes two rounds, daily lunch and a tee gift.

More than 100 boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 18 are expected to participate, and several local players and others from the Carolinas, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, New York, Tennessee and West Virginia are registered.

Alan Blondin: 843-626-0284, @alanblondin

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