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On Grand Strand Golf: Meredith Kirk joins staff of Dustin Johnson Golf School

Meredith Kirk works with a student last year. Kirk has joined the staff of the Dustin Johnson Golf School.
Meredith Kirk works with a student last year. Kirk has joined the staff of the Dustin Johnson Golf School. The Sun News

Heralded golf instructor Meredith Kirk of Murrells Inlet has been named the Lead Instructor at the Dustin Johnson Golf School at the TPC Myrtle Beach and will join the staff of Director of Coaching/Managing Partner Allen Terrell on Jan. 1.

Kirk is an LPGA-accredited instructor who has been teaching at Blackmoor Golf Club for the past six years, and will now have access to the Johnson school’s new and advanced swing analysis and fitting equipment.

“We’re just growing the school,” Kirk said. “The technology we have at the school is amazing. It’s top of the line and you can’t beat it, and there are so many great players I coach and Allen coaches from beginning players to tour players. We want to create one of the greatest schools here in the Southeast.”

She has 17 years of teaching experience. She was ranked third among the top instructors in South Carolina for 2015-16 by Golf Digest, which polls thousands of teaching pros across the country for the ranking, and was named one of the 40 “Best Young Teachers (under 40) in America” for 2014-15 by Golf Digest.

Kirk was named by Golf Magazine one of seven “Innovators” in golf for 2015 for the creation of the Junior Golf Exchange, a non-profit organization that helps children under the age of 14 receive fitted golf equipment at no cost. She spread the word about the organization as Mrs. South Carolina in 2014 and was named one of the “Most Beautiful Women in Golf 2014-2015” by Golf.com.

Kirk is a spokesperson/ambassador for Myrtle Beach golf and Founders Group International, which owns and operates 22 Grand Strand courses including the TPC. She earned a public relations degree from Coastal Carolina and degree in biblical counseling from Trinity Bible College.

Mini Masters documentary

A 25-minute documentary on the 2015 U.S. ProMiniGolf Masters held in October in North Myrtle Beach can be viewed on AT&T U-verse at http://uverse.com/watch/dk___dk_exc_sp1221_dec15.mp4.

The video takes viewers through the tournament and win by Matt Male, and highlights some of the players, including 2012-13 champion Olivia Prokopova of the Czech Republic.

The $12,000 tournament is hosted annually by Hawaiian Rumble and Hawaiian Village mini course owner Bob Detwiler, and also received coverage this year from SiriusXM Radio and SI Golf Plus.

Father-Son taking entries

Registration has begun for the 2016 National Father & Son Team Classic, which is part of the Family Golf Week tournament experience on the Grand Strand.

Teams that register prior to Jan. 1 will receive an additional $50 PGA Tour Superstore gift card that will be awarded at check-in. Early registration requires full payment.

Early registrants will also be entered into a drawing on New Year's Day for a free team entry into the tournament.

The 19th annual National Father-Son Team Classic will be played July 20-23 and host courses include the King’s North Course at Myrtle Beach National, Thistle Golf Club, Rivers Edge Golf Club, Grande Dunes Resort Course, Barefoot Resort Love Course, Prestwick Country Club, Legends Resort Heathland Course and Panther’s Run Golf Links.

The entry fee of $995 includes three tournament rounds, daily lunch at the course, a family golf outing that will include skills contests and demo alley, a post-tournament awards banquet catered by Logan’s Roadhouse, and a gift package that includes a $200 team gift card to PGA Tour Superstore, shirt, headwear and sleeve of logo balls.

The Mother & Daughter Team Classic and Father & Daughter Team Classic were added to Family Golf Week in 2015. Affiliated websites include fathersongolf.com and familygolfweek.com.

Wyndham steps up

Wyndham Vacation Ownership is offering the opportunity to win a one-week stay in a three-bedroom condo at any Wyndham property for area golfers who join The First Tee of The Grand Strand Club by February 6.

The drawing will be held on Feb. 6 during The First Tee’s indoor play day at the PGA Tour Superstore in Myrtle Beach. Club memberships are $125 and offer one round for $30 in 2016 on each of 33 courses operated by Founders Group International or affiliated with East Coast Golf Management.

There will also be a drawing for a free foursome on a participating course for members who sign up by Jan. 1. Contact Patrick O’Brien at 843-443-7888 or visit www.TheFirstTeeTheGrandStrand.org for more information.

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