Some Super Bowl, World Series and NBA champions will be on the Grand Strand next month to take part in the third annual 2LiveBeyond Gala, Auction and Celebrity Golf Tournament that will benefit special needs and disadvantaged children in the area and abroad.
The event will be held May 21-23 and includes a gala and auction at Ripley’s Aquarium on May 21, celebrity Miracle League baseball game on May 22 and golf tournament teeing off at 10 a.m. Monday, May 23 at the Members Club at Grande Dunes.
Among approximately 20 celebrity athletes who have committed to participate are Super Bowl winners David Patten (three with the New England Patriots), Byron Chamberlain (two with the Denver Broncos) and Bernard Pollard (one with the Baltimore Ravens), World Series winners Tony Womack and Junior Spivey (Arizona Diamondbacks), three-time NBA champion Gerald Henderson Sr. (Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons), and Al Wood, who starred at North Carolina and in the NBA.
Up to four NASCAR drivers are also expected to join the event following the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21, according to Scott Pyle of presenting sponsor Pyle Financial Services, the 2LiveBeyond chairman of the board and a founding organizer of the event.
The 2LiveBeyond event is hosted by Myrtle Beach resident and retired nine-year NFL wide receiver Andre Davis.
Myrtle Beach resident and retired 17-year MLB outfielder Reggie Sanders was Davis’ co-host for the event’s first couple years, but Sanders created his own events to raise money and awareness in the fight against autism, and the second annual Advantage Games and the Legends Never Fade celebrity softball tournament were held in early April.
Only one ticket option is available to the public, and it is good for both the gala and golf tournament. Tickets are $125 per person or $200 per couple and are available at 2livebeyond.com.
The gala from 7-11 p.m. includes dinner, music, themed open bars and seating options throughout the aquarium, including the fish- and shark-surrounded tunnels.
A bevy of live and silent auction items include two golf carts, Derek Jeter signed items, trips to Pebble Beach, Alaska, Jekyll Island and other locations, a Garth Brooks guitar and spa packages.
Ticket purchasers will have the ability to begin bidding on silent auction items online two weeks before the event.
At the tournament, spectators will have a chance to meet the celebrity participants during a meet and greet on the Members Club driving range from 9-10 a.m., then will remain in a tent with food and drinks during play and celebrities will stop in the tent between two holes.
A lunch at Rioz from noon-1:30 p.m. May 22 is open to the public for $15 during which the 2LiveBeyond mission will be discussed, and the Miracle League game follows at 2 p.m.
Playing spots in the tournament that include participation in many other events are $1,500 per individual, $5,000 per foursome or $6,250 for a corporate-sponsored foursome, and registration is available online.
The motto of the 2LiveBeyond initiative is “To live beyond ourselves so others can dream beyond their circumstances,” and the benefiting charities of the event focus on the care of disadvantaged or at-risk children both in and outside the United States.
The benefiting charities including the Grand Strand Miracle Leagues, which provide special needs individuals an opportunity to participate in sports and recreational activities; Teach My People in Horry and Georgetown counties, which mentors and assists children in middle school and high school; Camp Smiles, a summer program for special needs children; Coastal Carolina University’s LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone) Program is a college experience for special needs young adults; SOS Healthcare assists children with autism in Horry and Florence counties; and Africa New Life Ministries, which cares for and educates 7,500 children in Rwanda and is supported by Davis.
Pyle said 55 percent of proceeds remains locally and 45 percent assist New Life Ministries, and that about $200,000 has been raised in the first two years. He hopes to raise $200,000 this year, which would result in approximately $20,000 to each local charity. Pyle said 2LiveBeyond is strictly a volunteer organization with approximately 200 volunteers.
“We want to continue to bring the community in,” Davis said. “It is for us to live beyond ourselves and we believe we’re all capable of doing that … You can help six organizations by buying a gala ticket. We can give back in the community in which we live and open up our hearts to another country and be able to help the children there as well, and that’s what we really enjoy about this.”
Visit 2LiveBeyond.com or call 843-945-4480 for more information.
Hall seeks nominations
The selection committee of the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame is accepting nominations through May 15 for the class of 2016.
Nominees can be living or deceased and current or former residents of Horry, Georgetown or Brunswick counties. Nominees will be considered from a number of categories including player, instructor, architect, superintendent, owner, management and volunteer.
Anyone connected to the Myrtle Beach golf industry can submit a nomination, and nomination forms and more information are available at themyrtlebeachgolfhalloffame.com. Nominations remain active for consideration for five years.
The hall was created in 2008 to recognize people who have made an indelible mark on the Myrtle Beach golf industry and is located in the Hall of Fame Garden behind the Pine Lakes Country Club clubhouse.
The 19 current members are General James Hackler, Cecil Brandon, Clay Brittain, Carolyn Cudone, Jimmy D'Angelo, Robert White, George 'Buster' Bryan, Charlie Byers, Paul Himmelsbach, Gary Schaal, J. Egerton Burroughs, J.Bryan Floyd, Edward Jerdon, Casper Leon Benton, George Hilliard, Critt Gore, Russell ‘Doc’ Burgess, Phillip Goings and Sandy Miles.
Wells Fargo up next
With the Masters and RBC Heritage now complete, the 14th annual Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte is the next PGA Tour event up in the region from May 5-8, and tickets are available.
Grounds ticket prices start with a $30 Practice Pack, which consist of three individual daily tickets for Monday through Wednesday. A $165 seven-day Weekly Ticket Book offers a $95 savings from individual daily purchases. First-round tickets are $50 and tickets for the final three rounds are $60 each day. A ticket that is good any day is $70. Children ages 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult.
Patrons can purchase tickets and research hospitality options at www.WellsFargoChampionship.com or by calling 800-945-0777.
Nine players who have won in the current 2015-2016 PGA TOUR wraparound season have committed to the tournament: Tony Finau (Puerto Rico Open), Fabian Gomez (Sony Open in Hawaii), Jim Herman (Shell Houston Open), Kevin Kisner (RSM Classic), Peter Malnati (Sanderson Farms Championship), Adam Scott (Honda Classic, WGC-Cadillac Championship), Vaughn Taylor (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am), Justin Thomas (CIMB Classic) and Branden Grace (RBC Heritage).
Bryson DeChambeau, who tied for fourth in his pro debut Sunday in Hilton Head Island, has received a sponsor exemption.
The tournament annually attracts one of the strongest fields on the PGA Tour, and because Quail Hollow Club is hosting next year’s PGA Championship, most of golf’s top players are expected to participate, including Coastal Carolina alumnus Dustin Johnson, who represents Myrtle Beach on the tour.
Harvey adds title
Scott Harvey of Greensboro, N.C., added to his impressive amateur resume Sunday by claiming the Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship at Dataw Island Club’s Cotton Dike Course by six strokes over Lionel Sutton of La Grange, N.C., with a 5-under 211. The tournament was for Carolinas amateurs ages 30 and older.
The property manager won the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, played in the 2015 Walker Cup and Masters tournaments, and now has three Carolinas Mid-Am titles and seven Carolinas Golf Association titles overall, which is one shy of the eight CGA titles won by his late father, Bill.
Parks Price of Calabash, N.C., tied for 21st at 12-over 228, Pawleys Island’s Jonathan Mackey tied for 32nd at 232, Georgetown’s Rion Moore tied for 37th at 234 and Pawleys Island’s Roy Hunter tied for 44th at 20-over 236.