It’s the Monday after the Masters, which, for many in the golf world, signals the end of a great weekend. But for Hootie & the Blowfish, it marks an annual tradition that has endured for more than two decades.
Indeed, what started as a small get-together in 1994 has become one of the top celebrity pro-ams in the country in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, which has been named the best golfing destination in the world by USA Today.
“Twenty-two years is such a long time,” Hootie lead singer Darius Rucker said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “To be in Myrtle Beach as long as we’ve been, people still take their kids out of school to come to this and stuff like that. It’s crazy how big it’s gotten, but it’s still fun and we still have our friends come out and support us, so it’s been a great run.”
The event benefits the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, among other philanthropic endeavors.
“We try to help kids, a lot of kids’ charities – education, music, whatever we can do,” Rucker explained. “We have a lot of different organizations we’ve helped over the years and a lot more we plan to help. We’ve got an endowment now, so if we stop doing this or when we die, we can still help people. It’s really cool. This is our big event that we do for (our foundation) every year and it’s just really cool that it keeps getting bigger and bigger.”
More than 5,000 people are expected to participate in the event.