North Myrtle Beach, SC – Habitat for Humanity of Horry County held its 15th annual golf tournament on November 8, 2021 at Tidewater Golf Club. This year’s tournament was the second year of the tournament being named in memory of local volunteer, Kesley McGhee.
Each year, Habitat for Humanity of Horry County hosts a golf tournament to raise funds to help support its mission. Habitat for Humanity seeks to put God’s love into action, bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since inception in 1990, the local Habitat affiliate has partnered with close to 160 families to help them obtain safe, decent and affordable housing.
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 2020, the local community lost Kelsey. A Carolina Forest High School graduate and 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.
At the beginning of this year’s event, the McGhee family was presented with a Habitat home floorplan, now named “The Kelsey”. Kelsey’s memory and impact will live on even more through each Habitat home built with that floorplan. Current Habitat homebuyers in the process of partnering with Habitat and building their homes with this floorplan were present for the reveal.
“It is with great honor that we will continue to do our part to help tell Kelsey’s story by conducting our annual golf tournament in her memory, as well as now building Habitat homes named in her honor,” states Jason Greene, Executive Director.
The 2021 tournament was the first year for the event to be held at Tidewater Golf Club. The course is highly awarded and one of the area’s most popular and scenic golf courses. Joey’s Clubhouse Grille at Tidewater, Chick-fil-A of North Myrtle Beach and Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux provided food for the day’s participants. As a sponsor of the event, Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux hosted members of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department to represent their team.
Each year, the tournament attracts participants and businesses from throughout Horry County. Funds raised by the event go directly back into building a Habitat home in partnership with a local family.
The 2021 tournament was sponsored by East Coast Honda Volkswagen. Supporting sponsors included:
- Anderson Brothers Bank
- Atlantic Golf Management
- Bluegreen Vacations
- Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage
- CRG Companies
- Dunes Law Firm
- Dunes Realty
- Four Star Plumbing
- Flooring & Granite Outlet
- First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach
- Horry Telephone Cooperative
- Myrtle Beach Hyundai
- Mashburn Construction
- Sandhills Bank
- Socastee Eye Clinic
- SouthState Bank
- TD Bank
- Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux
- Watermark Real Estate
- WBTW News 13
- WMBF News
Other local businesses that helped to support the tournament included:
- Allegra Marketing & Image 360
- Better Brands & New South Brewing
- Carolina Cool
- Coca-Cola Bottling Company
- Cool Ideas Marketing
- Conway National Bank
- Joey’s Clubhouse Grille at Tidewater Golf Club
- Ocean View Baptist Church
- Salty Frye’s Golf Carts
- Summit Holdings
- The Yahnis Company
The event saw funds raised that will support approximately 30% of the cost to build an upcoming Habitat home.