The evolution of the golf tournament

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Posted: 12102007
Author: Stephen M. Hollingsworth
Category: Hobbies and sports



With the popularity of golf growing, many organizations from the PGA to local charities are building upon and leveraging all the positive traits that golf has to offer and year after year, golf tournaments like the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic have been setting those standards. But times are now changing and tournaments are growing from being one to two days to now spanning over three to four days, including everything from the actual golf tournament, celebrity meet & greets, large auctions, and concerts. No longer are these chartable tournaments being referred to as a golf tournament but instead, they are now a golfing “event” and no one has been doing it better than the “Hootie and the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament”.

Once considered just a college band, Hootie and the Blowfish gained national notoriety which huge hits like “Hold my Hand” and “Only Wanna Be With You” and soon won “Best New Artist” at the 1996 Grammy Awards. Building upon their success in the music industry and driven by their passion for golf, they started the “Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation” and the “Monday After the Masters Golf Tournament” in an effort to give back to their home state of South Carolina.

The Hootie and the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Golf Tournament is now widely considered one of the most popular celebrity pro-ams in the country and takes place the same weekend of the PGA Master’s Golf Tournament. The tournament continually attracts thousands of people who enjoy the music of the two-time Grammy award winners as well as the friendly competition between the band and their celebrity and PGA professional friends. Over the past 13 years, the tournament has donated over $3.5 million dollars to the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation and the Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation, which supports the educational needs of South Carolina. In 2004, the tournament raised a record $400,000 and attracted over 5,000 fans.

In the past, the Hootie and the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Golf Tournament has attracted many big-name PGA professionals including Tiger Woods, David Duval, Craig Stadler, Fred Couples, Tom Kite and John Daly. Past celebrities include Bill Murray, Samuel L. Jackson, Dan Marino, John Elway, Brett Favre, Meatloaf, Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain, Lou Holtz, Alice Cooper Jim Hodges, members of Creed, Bernie Kosar, ESPN’s Dan Patrick, Stuart Scott and Mike Tirico.

The 14th Monday after the Masters Golf Tournament will be held Monday, April 14, 2008 at Barefoot Resort and Golf and is open to the general public, but a very limited number of VIP weekend passes are being made available by Hookers N Slicers, llc. This All-Inclusive 2008 “Hooked On Hootie” golf package includes luxury accommodations for 4 nights at Barefoot Resort and Golf, cocktail reception at the Barefoot Yacht Club, private dinner Saturday evening, entry fee to the 2008 Hookers N Slicer’s “Hooked on Hootie” golf scramble” and an additional round of golf at Barefoot Resort and Golf. Barefoot Golf has two of its four courses ranked in the Golf Digest’s top 100 courses and is ranked #1 in all of Myrtle Beach. The trip also includes “All Access” VIP passes to the 14th annual “Hootie and The Blowfish Monday After The Master’s Pro Am Golf Tournament”. The “All Access” VIP pass includes 3 days and nights of unlimited access to all the VIP parties, functions and celebrities. The House of Blues will host the majority of the functions where you will be treated to unlimited food and beverages, a silent and oral auction, the 2008 Master’s viewing party, two private concerts by Hootie and Friends and If that is not enough, you will also have “All Access” to the VIP closed clubhouse the day of the Pro Am Tournament.

Stephen M. Hollingsworth is a Managing Partner for Hookers N Slicers, llc, a golf travel company who has made it their business to try and create that perfect golfing experience. More Information can be found at hookersnslicers.com or hookedonhootie.com.

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