The Inaugural Fall Classic Concludes
The final putt has dropped at the inaugural Myrtle Beach Fall Classic, and the tournament was, by all accounts, a rousing success. A 72-hole, two-man team event, the Fall Classic was played on eight of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses.
Players were placed into one of four flights based on their USGA handicap and a different format of play was used each day. The tournament attracted players from 28 states and Canada, and the flight winners reflected the event’s geographic diversity.
Geoff and Andrew Richards, a father-son team from Alpharetta, Ga., won the Masters Flight, while Richard Dutcher from Charlotte, N.C., and Robert Mieczkowski of Laurance Harbor, N.J., teamed up to win the U.S. Open Flight.
North Myrtle Beach’s Darin Epps and Otto Susec of Chandler, Az., captured the Open Championship Flight, and the husband-wife team of Gerald and Leisa McCredie of Howie in the Hills, Fl., won the PGA Championship Flight.
“My experience was phenomenal,” Earnest Mack of Hanover, Md., said. “I would do this again in a heartbeat. I really liked the format, the people and the camaraderie.”
The Fall Classic was played at Caledonia, True Blue, Grande Dunes, King’s North, the Fazio and Norman courses at Barefoot Resort, TPC Myrtle Beach and Prestwick.
“Beautiful courses,” said Mark Posten, Laplata, Md. “Every course was top notch and in great shape; everybody at the courses were nice. I can’t brag enough about the four courses we played.”
In addition to golf, players received a gift bag, a Sunday evening welcome party, and a post-tournament banquet (see photo gallery) that included a plated dinner and open bar.
The tournament formats were, in order, best ball, Texas scramble, combined net team score and a scramble.
The Fall Classic was the first of two new events Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is debuting in the coming months. The inaugural Preseason Season Classic, a 54-hole, two-man team event, will be played February 2-4. The Preseason Classic will feature another strong golf course lineup – True Blue, Glen Dornoch, Panther’s Run, Tradition Club, Wild Wing Avocet and The Witch – and great value at just $195 per person.