Round of golf draws Alvin Greene to Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - He may not know how to swing the clubs like a pro, but U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene said he's going to try his hand at a game of golf in Myrtle Beach this weekend.

Greene was extended an invitation to play in the Grand Strand by Myrtle Beach resident Gerry Shea on Friday, who is a member of a local golf group known as "The Kennedy Group." The 16-member group plans on teeing off alongside Greene at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at Indigo Creek.

"I was at work this morning and I typed in Alvin Greene's phone number. I found it and invited him [to play]," Shea recalled.

Shea said Greene immediately accepted his offer, but with a slight handicap -- he doesn't have a set of clubs and has never played the game of golf.

"I told him he could borrow our clubs and we'd teach him the game," Shea said.

While Greene may seem like an unlikely candidate to round out a foursome, Shea said the reasoning behind the invitation was simple. The golfer said Greene has yet to campaign in Horry County and thought a day on the links in Myrtle Beach would get locals talking.

"I wanted him to get more exposure in the Myrtle Beach area," Shea said. "He said he's looking forward to it. He was very positive and said he wanted to play."

The 32-year-old unemployed military veteran from Manning sent South Carolina politics into a tailspin after pulling an unexpected victory in the June 8 primaries. Greene managed to squeak through the primaries without a website or concrete campaign.

Greene defeated former state lawmaker Vic Rawl in the Democratic election, and is now poised to face U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint in November.

While his greatest challenge lies in November at the polls, Greene said he's ready to learn the game of golf in the meantime.

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