Greene hits Grand Strand for golf, a little campaigning

Murrells Inlet, SC - By Evan Lambert - bio | email

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - Democratic senate nominee Alvin Greene made a stop in the Grand Strand Sunday to play his first ever game of golf.

Myrtle Beach resident Gerry Shea invited Greene, of Manning, to play at the Indigo Creek Golf Club. Shea said he called Greene on Friday to extend the invitation.

"I didn't know if he'd accept or not," Shea said. "I thought he might, but I was surprised he did."

Greene played all morning with Shea and a friend, and planned to have lunch after the game, as well. Although there were some misses and many practice shots, Greene's game did improve throughout the morning.

The real goal, according to Greene, was to meet residents of the area and share his campaign ideas, which include ending the recession and improving South Carolina's infrastructure.

Greene said "widening major highways across the state, especially evacuation routes leading from the coast," is on his agenda.

Although the U.S. Senate hopeful didn't make a hole in one, he did gain some support.

"I'm open-minded, and he seems like a really nice guy and I give him credit for accepting the invitation and coming down and playing with us," Shea said. "He's got my vote."

Greene seemed to enjoy himself on the course and the threesome was heard making "Greene on the green" jokes multiple times during the game.

"It's nice just being out here and spending time with the constituents of South Carolina and just enjoying the good weather," Greene said.

Greene beat Vic Rawl in the Democratic Primary in June and will face off against incumbent Republican Jim DeMint in November.

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