NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Even with Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino and former world champions like professional wrestler Ric Flair, it was those who played golf for a living who got much of the attention at the 16th annual Hootie and the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am.
The event raised money for a variety of charities, all helping youngsters across South Carolina.
Each team had one professional golfer, one celebrity and several sponsors. Included among those golfers garnering a lot of attention was Myrtle Beach resident Dustin Johnson, who traces his golf roots back to Monday After the Masters.
"I remember growing up as a little kid. I think I might've even caddied in it one time when I was younger," Johnson recalled.
Another local product in the spotlight was Conway native Kristy McPherson, who says even though she isn't totally comfortable being called a celebrity, she's happy her career on the LPGA Tour is finally taking off.
"It's a tough road," she said. "I took the long road there, to start seeing some success on the LPGA and seeing some success out there, it's very rewarding."
As for the biggest golf name, it would probably come down to two players.
John Daly, serenaded fans with a rendition of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Jim Furyk, who was teamed with tournament host Darius Rucker, was happy to get to a relaxing tournament after missing the cut at The Masters.
Furyk did look back fondly on his hole-in-one during The Masters Par 3 Contest.
"That was the only highlight of my Masters week," said Furyk. "I shot 80, 76... there wasn't a lot of highlights in there."
Furyk and Johnson's teams were two of the five teams tying for second in the tournament. The winning team was led by PGA Tour golfer D.J. Trahan. His group shot -18 for the round.
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