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Veterans Golf Classic attracts 350-plus players with new dates

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The 17th annual Veterans Golf Classic has attracted a field of 352 golfers from 29 states on its new dates this upcoming week.

The tournament has traditionally been held the week before Memorial Day, but it has been moved to this upcoming Monday through Wednesday on 11 Grand Strand courses. Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday operates the event, and marketing cooperative spokesman Chris King said the date change was to move it away from bike weeks – Myrtle Beach Spring Motorcycle Rally (Harley week) on the front end and Atlantic Beach Bikefest on the back end – “and that time in June has historically been a little slower from a golf course perspective, so it just kind of worked out.”

The two-player team, 54-hole handicap tournament is open to all current or former members of the U.S. military and their friends. It features a different format of play each day – better ball, combined net team score and scramble – and each team must include at least one veteran or enlisted armed forces member. Teams are broken into the Eisenhower, MacArthur, Nimitz and Franks flights based on their handicaps.

This year’s host courses are Founders Club at Pawleys Island, Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina, Indian Wells Golf Club, Man O’War, Panther’s Run Golf Links, Possum Trot Golf Club, Rivers Edge Golf Club, Sandpiper Bay Golf Club, Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club, Thistle Golf Club and Wild Wing’s Avocet Course.

The event costs $280 per player and includes a Sunday welcome reception and Wednesday awards banquet, during which the colors of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard are presented.

The Carolina Cup, which matches members of the VFW against the American Legion, is a tournament within the tournament.

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation has become a presenting sponsor this year of the Veterans Golf Classic. The DVNF provides support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded either physically or psychologically. It contributes financially to specific veteran organizations, provides supplemental assistance to vets in need through a Health & Comfort program, and helps vets acquire the benefits they are entitled to.

Go to www.VeteransClassicGolf.com for more information about the event.

Alan Blondin: 843-626-0284, @alanblondin

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