DJ, Hootie enter golf hall; Johnson unveils school

Hootie & the Blowfish and Dustin Johnson, fresh off a win at the WGC Mexico Championship, were inducted into the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame Wednesday evening at Pine Lakes Country Club.

Johnson and all four members of Hootie & the Blowfish have long had close ties to the Myrtle Beach golf community and were on hand for the ceremony.

A 20-time winner on the PGA Tour, Johnson attended college at Coastal Carolina University and long considered TPC Myrtle Beach, where he continues to display memorabilia, his home course. TPC Myrtle Beach is also home to the Dustin Johnson Golf School and the fourth annual Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, which will be played March 1-3 on the acclaimed course.

The Dustin Johnson Foundation, which raises money to benefit kids academically and with their dreams of playing competitive golf, is based in Myrtle Beach.

Johnson, who has served as the official spokesman for the Myrtle Beach golf community, plays an active role in his junior golf tournament, the golf school and his foundation, and all three endeavors regularly bring him back to Myrtle Beach.

Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld were Myrtle Beach golfers before Hootie & the Blowfish became one of the biggest selling bands in music history. Prior to hitting it big with the 1994 release of Cracked Rear View, the quartet perfected their sound playing Myrtle Beach’s thriving club scene.

The band’s fondness for the area helped lead to the decision to host the annual Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am (MAM) at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club. This year will mark the MAM’s 25th anniversary, including the last 17 years in Myrtle Beach, and the event has shined a national spotlight on the area, helping attract Golf Channel, ESPN Radio, CBS Radio and many other national and regional outlets.

Most significantly, the MAM, which will be played April 15, 2019, has raised more than $7.1 million to support education and junior golf in South Carolina.

Anticipation for this year’s MAM, which features a post-golf concert, continues to rise as excitement builds over Hootie’s returns to the road as part of its 2019 Group Therapy Tour. The tour coincides with the 25th anniversary of the release of Cracked Rear View, which remains one of the best-selling albums in American history.

Johnson and Hootie & the Blowfish comprised the 11th class of inductees into the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame.

Other members of the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame are: Robert White, Jimmy D’Angelo, Carolyn Cassidy Cudone, Clay Brittain, Cecil Brandon, George “Buster” Bryan, Ed Bullock, Gary Schaal, Paul Himmelsbach, Charles Byers, Larry Leagans, Egerton Burroughs, Bryan Floyd, Edward Jerdon, George Hilliard, Russell “Doc” Burgess, Critt Gore, Sandy Miles, Phillips Goings, Kelly Tilghman, Robert LeComte, Vernon Brake and Edward Burroughs.

Established to pay tribute to the men and women who have played significant roles in the development of the Myrtle Beach area golf industry, the Hall of Fame opened in 2009. Plaques for hall of fame inductees are located in a courtyard at Pine Lakes Country Club, the Myrtle Beach area’s first course.

Johnson, who is soon to reclaim the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings, christened the new facility at his namesake golf school Thursday morning at TPC Myrtle Beach.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the golf school and its growth,” Johnson said. “Golf has given me so much, and hopefully the school can play a role in the development of tomorrow’s golfers.”

The 20-time PGA Tour winner led a tour of the new, state-of-the-art Dustin Johnson Golf School, a 4,000-square-foot building that will be among the best in the Carolinas. Under the guidance of Allen Terrell, Johnson’s long-time coach, the golf school already counts a number of premier young players among its students and the new building will only enhance its reputation.

Johnson has long been a proponent of using technology to enhance his game, and golf school students will have access to the top-of-the-line equipment the 2016 U.S. Open champion utilizes.

The Dustin Johnson Golf School is home to a comprehensive teaching technology suite that includes:

Photo courtesy of MB Golf Holiday

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