Honorary Gifts

At The First Tee of The Grand Strand, we would like to recognize memorial gifts in honor of those that have passed away.

From the friends of …

Gene Weldon


Gene played an extremely important role in establishing The First Tee program in Horry, Georgetown and Brunswick Counties and will be the honoree for the 2017 Future Generations Tournament at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club on July 25th. Weldon was a golf professional on the Grand Strand for 44 years, most recently serving as East Coast’s director of new business development. He was the only head pro at Gator Hole Golf Club for the course’s entire 20-year existence from 1980-99, and he spent nine years as the director of golf at Thistle Golf Club late in his career. Utilizing his warm and genial personality, he also represented the area at consumer golf shows throughout North America for more than three decades.

A consistent passion throughout Weldon’s career was improving and expanding junior golf, and he was on the ground floor of the Myrtle Beach Junior Golf Program in 1981.

“It goes without saying how important Gene was to me and so many people around the beach,” said Golf Channel personality Kelly Tilghman of North Myrtle Beach. Tilghman’s father, Phil, owned and operated Gator Hole and she spent much of her childhood and adolescence at the course.

Donated in his memory..

  • CondoLux
  • Gael Sansbury
  • Steven Hill
  • Harold & Amanda Dunlap
  • Larry & Brenda Stewart
  • Joanne Ross
  • Robert Goforth
  • Ellen Gregory
  • Susan Tuohey
  • Blakeney Jackson
  • Melvin Nobles
  • Beachwood Golf Corporation

in loving memory of


  • Beverly Ford
  • Tom, Pam, Matt, Chris & Ryan Ford
  • Donna Saguto
  • Margaret Pearce
  • John L. & Gayle P. Stachel
  • Marry Patten & Edward Gooding
  • Jean, Mikayla, and Peyton Correy
  • Jody, Kelly, Dylan, and Cade Scott
in loving memory of

Nancy Braman

  • Eric Braman
  • Peggy Ryan
  • William & Elizabeth Shenck
  • Nancy Karabacz
  • Harold & Diane Freeman
  • Marguerite Adams
  • Ruth Farb & Dick Charlton
  • Bill & Sue Cross
  • Patricia Blunda
  • Michael & Judith Graybeal
  • Carol Smith
  • Alan & Carrie Koontz
  • Thomas & Denise Robinson
  • Deborah & James Hodge
  • Elizabeth McCarthy
  • Nancy & George Koerner
  • James & Carol Thompson
  • Leo & Patricia Harootyan
  • Gloria & Brian Haas
  • Mark & Joan Johnson
  • Charles Wilcox
  • Laura Allison
  • Bill Clark Homes
  • Georgetown Kraft Credit Union
  • http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/providence/nancy-lee-braman-hodge-condolences/185363234?cid=full
in loving memory of

Wallace roberts

  • Mr. & Mrs. Joseph E. Williams
  • Stephen & Karen Whitley
  • Lois Dalgliesh
  • Gary Roberts
  • David Grabemen
  • William & Martha Dickson
  • Linda Bowers
  • Camille O’Neill
  • Robert & Christine Umble
  •  James & Carol Thompson
In loving memory of

Robert Reilly

  • Mrs. Cheryl Reilly
  • Robert & ann roskow
  • George Fahs
  • Executive Women International, Harrisburg Chapter
  • Morton Spector
  • Karen Gluntz
  • Francis & Betty Contino
  • Madeline Stenger
  • Rita & Jeffrey Peak

In loving memory of –

Ralph Johnsen

     -Mary Johnsen

  Walt Zometsky (1936-2016)

A real advocate of junior golf and was a Volunteer Coach for The First Tee of Myrtle Beach and The Grand Strand for 10 years since 2007.  Character development and The First Tee’s 9-Core Values and Life Skills learned thru the game of golf was special for Walt, and he could always improve those junior golf swings for the kids age 7-14 and beyond.  Golf venues included Harbor Light Driving Range, Whispering Pines Golf Club, Pine Lakes Golf Club, Cane Patch Driving Range & Par-3 and Midway Par-3.

  Walt also helped with the club-making for The First Tee junior golfers, volunteering time and equipment in years 2007-2012.  His Golfware retail golf store also provided custom clubs discounted for golfers of all ages on The Grand Strand.

     A “Doer” who always had that positive “Can Do” attitude in everything he pursued, that was Walter Zometsky; a true role model for our youth and all golfers.  Walt will surely be missed by many.

                                             All the best to Family & Friends.  Our prayers be with you.   –Shelby Smith

Patsy Mays

-In memory of PATSY MAYS on behalf of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, Grand Strand Tee Time Network and Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association to be utilized and ensure that as many youth as possible in Horry and Georgetown counties are afforded the opportunity to learn the game of golf and its important life skills through The First Tee program.

Alex McNeil,

PGA Professional
– a great promoter of golf in general and junior golf in particular. I join him in wishing the best for the First Tee of the Grand Strand in their efforts for the youth of the Myrtle Beach area.








Peace and loving memories for those who have passed,

and thank you to those who made meaningful donations in their memory

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