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Habitat for Humanity of Horry County’s 14th Annual Golf Tournament Held at Grande Dunes Members Club


Kelsey McGhee Memorial Golf Tournament Raises Funds to Support Upcoming Home Build

Myrtle Beach, SC – Habitat for Humanity of Horry County (HFHHC) held its 14th annual golf tournament on November 2, 2020. This year’s tournament was the inaugural year for the tournament being named the Kelsey McGhee Memorial Golf Tournament.

Each year, HFHHC hosts a golf tournament to raise funds to help support its mission.  HFHHC seeks to put God’s love into action, bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since inception in 1990, HFHHC has partnered with more than 150 families to help them obtain safe, decent and affordable housing. Now celebrating 30 years, the organization is striving to increase and expand its impact year over year, throughout the county. One local volunteer particularly made a significant impact on the community and the organization – Kelsey McGhee.

In May of this year, HFHHC and the local community lost Kelsey in a car accident. A Carolina Forest High School graduate and HFHHC volunteer, she was also a very important member of the Clemson University Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Her love of the organization, of her community, of building things, and of giving back to others was immeasurable. 

“It is with great honor that we will do our part to help tell Kelsey’s story for many years to come,” states Jason Greene, HFHHC Executive Director. “We want to be sure to pass along the passion she had for the organization, for helping others, and for creating spaces where people could feel more at home. It’s truly an honor and a privilege.”

Dave McGhee, Kelsey’s father, has been a professional in the golf course industry for many years. Therefore, it has been a perfect fit for her legacy to live on through the golf tournament.

“From the day Kelsey could walk, she was always interested in drawing and art. It wasn’t until she was 8 years old that we realized her love for building things,” states Dave McGhee. “She begged us to attend the extreme home makeover show that took place in Horry County several year ago. Then in 2015, she attended the bed race fundraiser hosted by Habitat, where I believe her team won! Once at Clemson she immediately found the Habitat in Pickens County, where she worked hard to become the assistant build leader for Clemson on their Habitat house. Cindy and I are honored for our daughter to be recognized alongside such a great organization. “

Learn more about Kelsey here.

Each year, the tournament attracts participants and businesses from throughout Horry County. The 2020 tournament was presented by Maguire Law Firm and East Coast Honda. Supporting sponsors included:

  • Anderson Brothers Bank
  • Bluegreen Vacations
  • Coldwell Banker Chicora Seacoast Advantage
  • CRG Companies
  • DR Horton
  • Dunes Law Firm
  • Dan Sine & Dunes Realty
  • Four Star Plumbing
  • Helena
  • Lennar
  • Mashburn Construction
  • Myrtle Beach Hyundai
  • Mr. Vaporizer
  • Plantation Realty Group
  • Sandhills Bank
  • Selective Insurance Company
  • Socastee Eye Clinic
  • South Atlantic Bank
  • SouthState Bank
  • TD Bank
  • Watermark Real Estate
  • WBTW News 13

Other local businesses and individuals that helped to support the tournament included:

  • Allegra Marketing & Image 360
  • Better Brands & New South Brewing
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • Cool Ideas Marketing
  • The Dunes Club
  • Graham Golf Cars
  • Grande Dunes Members Club
  • MIM Media
  • Joe Lawrimore
  • David VandeLinde
  • WPDE Channel 15
  • WMBF News
  • The Yahnis Company

While the 2020 tournament looked different with the implementation of many COVID-19 restrictions, the event was still able to raise enough funds support the build of half of a future HFHHC home. The event saw an increase in funds raised in 2020, compared to 2019, and looks forward to the event to be held again in 2021. A specific date is to be determined.

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