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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Monday After The Masters Tournament A Huge Success!

Kyle Thompson, Jared Wright Win 2011 Monday After The Masters

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Mike Golic, Darius Rucker, Jim Sonefeld and Dean Felber on the Mike & Mike Show
In one of the most exciting finishes in tournament history, PGA TOUR player Kyle Thompson and former major league pitcher Jared Wright broke a three-way tie in a sudden death chip-off to claim victory in the 17th Annual Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am at The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf.

The team of Thompson and Wright finished at 19-under par with a round that included three eagles on the challenging Dye Club course. The other teams that finished at 19-under par included PGA TOUR player and South Carolina native Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey and country singer Colt Ford, and the team of PGA TOUR player Ken Duke and former NFL wide receiver Sterling Sharpe. Gainey’s team birdied their final hole to force the three-way playoff.

Three teams featuring PGA TOUR players Chris DiMarco, Chris Blanks and defending champion DJ Trahan finished one shot out of the playoff at 18-under par. The team featuring Nationwide Tour player Mark Anderson and Hootie & The Blowfish guitarist Mark Bryan finished two shots back at 17-under par.  The team of Jim Furyk and Darius Rucker finished at 14-under par. The tournament format featured a six-person Captain’s Choice composed of a touring professional, celebrities and special VIPs.

This was the 17th playing of the Monday After the Masters and the ninth consecutive year it has been at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club, one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, according to Golf Digest. A sellout crowd of 6,000 fans packed The Dye Club to see their favorite celebrities, athletes and musicians compete.

The day started with a live broadcast by ESPN Radio’s popular Mike & Mike in the Morning radio show. The four-hour program, which was also simulcast on ESPN2, attracted a huge gallery prior to the start of the Monday After the Masters.

The fans who crowded around the first tee at the Dye Course were treated to a show that featured an interview with all four members of Hootie & The Blowfish. The band presented Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic with an autographed Les Paul guitar to be auctioned off in the next V Foundation fundraiser, which raises money for cancer research. John Daly and Jim McMahon were also interviewed on the show’s set.

Greenberg and Golic signed autographs during the breaks and enjoyed the idyllic spring weather in Myrtle Beach.

The 2011 Monday After The Masters Tournament featured one of the most star-laden fields in tournament history with many of the biggest names in the music, television and movies, sports and the professional golf world. Headlining the 17th annual tournament were PGA TOUR players Jim Furyk, John Daly, Chris DiMarco, Brian Gay and Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey; former Coastal Carolina University and current Miami Dolphins quarterback Tyler Thigpen; professional wrestling legend Ric Flair; former Chicago Bears quarterback and Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon; former heavyweight boxing champion James “Bonecrusher” Smith; NASCAR stars Kyle Petty and Michael Waltrip; LPGA golfer and Myrtle Beach area native Kristy McPherson; and the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore.

Representing the music world were country sensations Colt Ford, Jack Ingram, Josh Kelley and Johnny Lee; pop rock performer Edwin McCain; Shawn Stockman and Nate Morris from Boys II Men; Andrew Copeland of Sister Hazel; and Scott Phillips from Alter Bridge. Actors appearing at the 2011 Monday After The Masters included Tom Berenger, Kevin Sorbo and Alfonso Ribeiro.

Other former NFL players George Rogers and Sterling Sharpe competed, and former Major League Baseball stars Mickey Tettleton and Chuck Finley teed it up in the 17th annual celebrity golf tournament.

The PGA TOUR was well represented by Blake Adams; Mark Anderson; Woody Austin; Matt Bettencourt; Tommy Biershenk; Kris Blanks; Scott Brown; Ken Duke; Bill Kisner; Billy Kratzert; Mark Lye; David Mathis; William McGirt; David Mobley; Carl Paulson; Larry Rinker; Charlie Rymer; Scott Stallings; Darron Stiles; Josh Teater; Kyle Thompson; and DJ Trahan.

The MAM is the largest one-day fundraiser in South Carolina and has raised nearly $5 million for the Hootie Foundation, which supports the educational needs of children in South Carolina and the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.

About the Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Golf Tournament
One of the most popular celebrity pro-am golf tournaments in the country, the Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament 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 16 years, the Monday After The Masters has donated more than $4.5 million to the Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation, which supports the educational needs of South Carolina and the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.

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