Golf tournament brings in business to North Myrtle Beach

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Thousands are expected to show up for the 2010 Monday After the Masters Tournament. With the tournament bringing in so many people, business in North Myrtle Beach reported said they're ready to bring in new customers.

"I don't usually get busy on Mondays," said Scott Lewis, a manager at the Courtyard hotel in North Myrtle Beach. "It's always great to see celebrities and stuff like that, it's kind of cool."

His hotel is expected to sell out their rooms on Sunday night. People who arrived before the tournament started had the chance to check out concerts and other activities.

"The hotels are full, the roads are full," said Earl Hazelton, a cab driver in North Myrtle Beach.

Hazelton said he's seen a large increase in the number of people using his taxi service and attributes that to the good weather bringing people out to the tournament.

The tournament is also bringing in celebrities and professional athletes, all for a good cause. Money raised will go to help children's education charity foundations and a junior golf program. This year marks the 16th year the tournament has been held. The gates are expected to open on Monday morning at 8:30 a.m.

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