May brings the 13th annual Veterans Golf Classic to Myrtle Beach

By Travel ArticlesMarch 27, 2012, 3:18 pm

It's become an annual tradition for Benny Bachand to play in the Veterans Golf Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., every May.

Bachand, 65, an Ocala, Fla., resident who served in the Navy from 1966-68, has played in the tournament 10 consecutive years, including the last eight with his brother, Jeff, an Army veteran.

'It's a great time because of all the veterans,' Bachand said. 'Over the years I've built up a lot of relationships with veterans in other states. Every year, it becomes a reunion. A lot of (the appeal) is the camaraderie. And Myrtle Beach is a great golf destination.'

The 13th annual event, run by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday -- the Grand Strand's golf marketing cooperative -- is set for May 20–23 at 12 area courses, which include Arcadian Shores Golf Club, Black Bear Golf Club, Burning Ridge Golf Club, Farmstead Golf Links, Heather Glen Golf Links, Lion's Paw at Ocean Ridge Plantation, Man-O-War Golf Links, Meadowlands, Myrtlewood Golf Club's Palmetto, the East course at Pearl Golf Links, Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club and Wizard Golf Club.

Registration, accepted until May 4, is open to all current or former U.S. military members and friends who have USGA handicaps. Sign up at or call 800-833-8798 for more information.

Jeff Monday, the tournament director, said the Veterans Golf Classic continues to grow. The registration pace is on par with last year, he said, when 435 players teed it up. He added that single players regularly get paired up with players of similar skill level and similar military background.

'It's not just about the golf,' Monday said. 'It is about them getting together. That's what brings them back and what brings us new players every year.'

The 54-hole event is comprised of two-person teams vying in four handicapped flights -- Eisenhower, MacArthur, Nimitz and Franks divisions. The event features a different format each day -- better ball, scramble and combined net team score. Each team must include at least one former or present member of the armed forces.

Besides the two-man tournament, the Veterans Golf Classic's Branch Challenge pits the five branches of the U.S. military against each other with the lowest cumulative score crowned champion. In 2011, Army won the title. The Carolina Cup -- matching members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars against the American Legion -- is an additional tournament within the tournament. VFW won for the seventh time last year.

Veterans Golf Classic entry fees are $230 (per person) for past participants; $250 for new players. Included are three rounds of golf with cart, range balls, welcome reception, Wednesday night awards banquet (food/drink provided), a hat and shirt, and additional prizes.

Bachand said he enjoys the camaraderie of the welcome reception and awards banquet.

'In the military, they use comradeship as an important bond,' he said. 'You live close together for a long period of time. You create a great relationship and trust with those you serve with. By going every year, you see that kind of friendship, even from people you have never met before. There is a kinship there.'

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Watch: Reed races in 40-footer to put away Spieth

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 10:19 pm

Three up with three holes to play at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Patrick Reed missed an opportunity to close out his match with Jordan Spieth when Spieth won the 16th hole with a birdie.

But Reed wouldn't let the match move to 18. Putting for birdie from the apron, 40 feet from the hole, at the par-3 17th, Reed raced in this putt to end the match.

With the win, Reed moved to 3-0-0 for the week and advanced to the weekend at Austin Country Club.

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Garcia's win-win situation: Move on or baby time

By Rex HoggardMarch 23, 2018, 9:45 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Given his status as one of Europe’s preeminent Ryder Cup players, Sergio Garcia’s record at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is nothing short of inexplicable.

In 15 starts at the event, the Spaniard has played the weekend just once – in 2010 when he lost in the semifinals to Ian Poulter – and since the event pivoted to round-robin play he’s never made it out of the group stages.

His fortunes have changed dramatically this year, with Garcia going undefeated in pool play and cruising to the Sweet 16 following a 3-and-1 victory over Xander Schauffele on Friday.

“I would love to have done a little better than I have,” said Garcia, who will play Kyle Stanley in the Round of 16 early Saturday. “I have had some good weeks here. But not probably as good as I should have. So hopefully this week it will be better.”

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Garcia made no secret of the source of his turnaround following the birth of his first child last Wednesday, a girl named Azalea. Even on Friday when he found himself 2 down through 11 holes and in danger of not advancing he kept an upbeat attitude.

“The way I looked at it, when I was 2 down, we're going to try to turn it around, but if we don't, it means that I get to spend more time with [his wife] Angela and Azalea for the weekend,” Garcia said. “I tried to look at it in a good way.”

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DeLaet: WGC's robin-robin format 'sucks'

By Grill Room TeamMarch 23, 2018, 9:20 pm

Graham DeLaet isn't teeing it up at Austin Country Club this week because he didn't qualify for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but that doesn't mean he lacks an opinion on the event's format.

DeLaet hopped on social media Friday during Day 3 of the WGC-Match Play to torch the round-robin format that's been in place for three years, saying he much preferred the single elimination that was in place when he played in 2014.

"Played Match Play in Tucson in 2014. Early group on Wednesday, lost. Threw clubs in my car and was on my couch in Scottsdale by 2:00 pm. Collect 30K and spend the weekend at home, he tweeted. "That’s a good format. This one sucks."

DeLeat's comments may be the strongest to date, but he's not alone in his opposition to pool play. Several players lamented Friday's "meaningless" matches earlier this week, and Henrik Stenson cited the lack of a do-or-die atmosphere as his reason for skipping the event.

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Watch: Kuchar makes ace at WGC-Dell Match Play

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 9:09 pm

In his bid to advance to the weekend at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Matt Kuchar aced the par-3 seventh hole Friday at Austin Country Club.

With an 8-iron from 181 yards, Kuchar landed his ball short of the flag and watched it roll and roll ... and drop.

The hole-in-one moved Kuchar 3 Up in match against Ross Fisher. 

The last hole-in-one at the Match Play came in Sunday's consolation match last year, when Hideto Tanihara aced the same hole before later losing to Bill Haas.