The Mentor Cup
Tidewater Golf Club, North Myrtle Beach, SC
July 11, 2021
Family Golf Week in Myrtle Beach Returns in July of 2021
East Coast Golf has partnered with the Gene’s Dream Foundation, which benefits youth golf initiatives including The First Tee organization, to move the fourth annual Mentor Cup at Tidewater Golf Club to the Sunday before the start of Family Golf Week, which this year is July 11.
The Mentor Cup, which pairs a junior golfer with a mentor, is organized by North Myrtle Beach native and former Golf Channel personality Kelly Tilghman, has previously been held in October.
“We could have kept our October date but we feel the move makes sense on so many levels,” Tilghman said. “The mentoring process begins with family and summertime is when parents and children have the most free time to bond and play golf.
“Ultimately our ability to grow and flourish greatly depends on forming partnerships that share our values. We feel we have that with Tidewater Golf Club and the strong team behind Family Golf Week.”
Buccerone is on the Gene’s Dream Foundation board and East Coast will be more involved in the Mentor Cup, along with GTS. The late Gene Weldon, for whom the foundation is named, worked for East Coast at the end of his career. “This will help us do things more together as we all move forward,” Buccerone said.
About Gene’s Dream Foundation
The Gene’s Dream Foundation honors the life and accomplishments of Gene Weldon. It is the culmination of family and friends impacted by the persistence of this legendary mentor to introduce golf to children and teach them how to love the game. Throughout his life, Gene left his mark on the golf industry in the Myrtle Beach, SC area through mentoring youth. His impact has been spread by those he inspired to be the best they can be. Many people throughout the golf industry credit their success and understanding of life through golf to Gene Weldon.
We will continue the process of mentoring in his honor. We can only hope to be as effective as Gene, and to use his legacy to help others see the importance of mentoring youth. Thank you, Gene, for helping us to understand how and why you affected us. You will be missed, but will always live in our hearts and our efforts to carry on your dream.
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My father has always been my mentor. He put a golf club in my hands at the age of 3 and never pushed golf or any other sport on me. He guided me throughout all stages of my life until the very end. He is my definition of a mentor, someone who helps shape you and guide you through life. I hope to pass on this legacy to my own daughter and all the junior golfers in the area
“If you needed something, Gene said, ‘I’ll take care of that.” He’d go away and come back with it. You didn’t always know how, but Gene always came through. He had a warmth about him and selflessness that was very endearing to a lot of people, and everybody wanted to help him improve the lives of other people.”
In life, business, sports…..everybody learns from somebody. It’s vitally important to honor those you learned from, by not only using the skills they helped you develop, but also to pay forward the time they invested in you. If all of us put this simple concept into practice, the benefits to society would be immeasurable.