Stars Aligned for Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters


Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament organizers have announced that PGA Tour players Jim Furyk and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason will make their first appearances in this year's event to be held April 12 at The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Furyk has recorded 13 PGA Tour victories with his most notable win in the 2003 U.S. Open. Most fans recognize Furyk by his looping, and rather unorthodox swing, but he is also widely regarded as one of the finest players in the world.

Most people know Norman Esiason simply as "Boomer," the former quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals, and current NFL analyst for The NFL Today show on CBS Sports, and morning co-host of the "Boomer and Carton Show" on WFAN Radio in New York. Esiason played 14 years in the NFL and was named the "Most Valuable Player" in 1988, and the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 1995.

"I am so psyched to know that Jim and Boomer will be here for the 2010 Monday After the Masters for the first time." said Darius Rucker, lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish. "Each year, the list of great athletes and celebrities continues to grow, and to know we come to Myrtle Beach to have fun and raise money for a great cause, it is without a doubt one of things I look forward to doing every spring."

Other PGA Tour players attending this year include John Daly, Woody Austin, Rich Beem, and LPGA player and Myrtle Beach resident Kristy McPherson. Other celebrities and athletes participating in the event include "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, and NFL Hall-of Famer and Chicago Bears great Gale Sayers.

Last year, the six-person team led by Hootie & The Blowfish lead guitarist Mark Bryan, Bill Murray and Woody Austin captured the title with a score of 18-under-par.

"This event has grown so much in the seven years we have held it in Myrtle Beach," said Bryan. "Barefoot Resort is the perfect location for 'Monday After the Masters,' and I look forward to seeing old friends, and defending our title this year."

The 2010 Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After the Masters tournament tickets go on sale this Saturday, February 27at 10:00 a.m. at the House of Blues, the Barefoot Resort & Golf pro shops and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are $15 with children 12 years of age and younger admitted free. All ticket proceeds benefit the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, which supports the educational needs of children in South Carolina and the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation. Last year, the event recorded its fourth consecutive sell-out and raised $155,000 for various South Carolina charities.

Volunteers are needed for the Monday After the Masters to assist with various duties associated with staging the event. For more information on volunteer opportunities, call 843/881-2532, or visit www.HootieGolf.com/volunteers.asp.


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