04/25/2014

Junior golf in the Myrtle Beach area will receive a boost when Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman and Charlie Rymer return again this year to offer their support and some publicity.

They are returning to participate in The First Tee of the Grand Strand’s Future Generations Tournament at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club on July 30, and intend to film live segments that day on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive program for a second year.

“As it stands right now we’ll be broadcasting there on Morning Drive,” said Tighlman, who added that unforeseen breaking news is the only thing she envisions bumping the planned live segments.  “We hope to have a stronger Morning Drive presence, hope to get more local business involved, and we’re looking forward to having Myrtle Beach mayor John Rhodes come out and support us.”

Tilghman also expressed that they are still in the formative stages and that they are brainstorming about how they want to make this bigger, better and different.

The First Tee of the Grand Strand provides golf instruction and character building, stressing nine core values to the youth in Horry and Georgetown counties, and is operated through a foundation that also oversees the highly successful First Tee of Brunswick County.

This summer’s event will also serve as a tribute to Todd Welden, who was Caledonia’s head professional from its opening in 1994 until his death in October at the age of 50 after a short battle with cancer.

The fundraising Future Generations tournament has a 10 a.m. shotgun start and costs $2000 per foursome, which includes breakfast and dinner at Caledonia, commemorative group pictures with Rymer and Tilghman, and a gift bag including gift cards from PGA Tour Superstore.

This should be a great event for a great cause.  Thanks to the Golf Channel, Kelly Tilghman, Charlie Rymer, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and the many volunteers.