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Gray in elite company in Dustin Johnson junior event

Posted: February 23, 2017 1:25 p.m.
Updated: February 24, 2017 1:00 a.m.
Tom Didato/C-I

LUGOFF’S TYLER GRAY is ranked among the top junior golfers in South Carolina. He is a junior at Thomas Sumter Academy in Dalzell.

MYRTLE BEACH -- Tyler Gray is among the 104 players that will be competing in the second annual Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, which will be played today through Sunday at TPC Myrtle Beach. 

Gray is a resident of Lugoff who is a junior at Thomas Sumter Academy and is defending South Carolina Independent School Association state champion. He is also a member of the Camden Country Club.

 The tournament has attracted players from 19 states and five countries to compete in the 54-hole, college style event. 

Eight of the top 10 junior boys and 11 of the top 12 junior girls in South Carolina have committed to play in the tournament. Twenty participants have signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate golf.

“Dustin's goal when we launched this tournament was to make it one of the premier events on the junior golf calendar,” said Allen Terrell, Director of Coaching/Managing Partner of the Dustin Johnson Golf School. “We've taken another big step toward that goal this year, enhancing the quality of the field, and we will again deliver on the experiential side as well. Dustin is thrilled with where the tournament is in Year 2, and we are as well.”

 Among the countries that will be represented are Canadian, Sweden, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. 

A significant part of the event’s appeal is TPC Myrtle Beach, one of the best Myrtle Beach golf courses. TPC Myrtle Beach has hosted the Senior PGA Tour Championship and been ranked among “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” by Golf Digest, making it an ideal venue to test golf’s rising young stars. 

 With the support of Johnson, who secured the No. 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings with his win at Riviera Country Club on Sunday, the tournament will provide participants a PGA Tour-like experience, and the chance to challenge themselves against their peers from others parts of America and the world. 

A Columbia native, Johnson’s involvement with the tournament reflects his long-time commitment to junior golf, particularly in South Carolina, where he grew into one of the world’s best players. Through the Dustin Johnson Foundation, which is headquartered in Myrtle Beach, Johnson has donated more than $250,000 to junior golf, sponsoring numerous events throughout the state and helping cover entry costs for kids who need financial assistance.

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