For the 11th annual Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament, Myrtle Beach did something different.
Over the past 10 years the tournament has been held at Whispering Pines for all three rounds of golf, but this year the tournament branched out.
“We decided to play one round at each of the courses in Myrtle Beach and not only call it the Mayor’s Cup but also the City Open Championship,” said Chip Smith, course manager at Whispering Pines Country Club and organizer of the tournament.
“With all the golf courses that are in the area, there are only three that are within the city limits of Myrtle Beach – Whispering Pines, Pine Lakes and Grande Dunes,” Smith said. “Players get an opportunity to test their skills on all three of the city’s courses.”
Participants appreciated the chance to switch up during the tournament, Smith said.
“We had a really good reaction, and the players liked the variety,” he noted. “Instead of playing one course three days they got to play three different courses, so we had a positive reaction from that standpoint.”
Roughly 60 players participated in the tournament, down slightly from the 72 that participated the previous year.
“When you’re changing format, sometimes it can be challenging,” Smith said. “Our turnout was not what we had in years past but I think that was because it was something new and different.
“That’s what we need to work on in the future, to build the event back up to what it was in years past,” he added.
Still, the tournament was an excellent value.
“They get tee gifts when they register and check in, and there are gift certificates for prizes,” Smith noted. “Not only are they getting a good value on golf, they’re getting some other benefits as well.”
Smith expects next year’s tournament to be even better.
“What we like to do is sit down a week or two after the tournament and go over the things that went very well and the things that were challenges that we need to improve on,” he said. “We’ll be doing that in the coming weeks and trying to make it bigger and better as we move forward.”
The weather, Smith noted, was perfect.
“All three courses were in great condition for the event, so we had a lot of happy golfers,” he said.
In the Men’s Open Division, Lorcan Morris won with 217 strokes overall. Phil Pfeiffer came in second with a score of 229 and Chad Dalton rounded out the top three with an overall score of 241.
In the Men’s Senior Division Dodd Daniel led with an overall score of 224. Gary Whittaker was close on his heels for second place with a score of 225 and Don Sheads came in third with 233 strokes.
The Men’s Super Senior division saw Troy Hornberger take the win with 223 strokes. Terrance McGinnis came in second with 235 strokes and Barry Wengert came in third with a score of 246.
The Ladies’ Open saw Beth Hunt take the win with an overall score of 240. Dianne Belair came in second with 249 strokes and Cecelia Purvis came in third with 253 strokes.
The Ladies’ Senior Division was led by Elaine Johnson with an overall score of 234. Frankie Garber came in second with 263 and Cheryl Windham scored 267 overall to take third.
The Ladies’ Super Senior Division was won by Karin Wolfe with a score of 242. Karen Zeip came in second with a score of 250 and Barbara Cleghorn came in third with an overall score of 251.