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PGA Tour pro with South Carolina ties wins Myrtle Beach Classic qualifier

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A University of South Carolina Aiken alum recently earned an opportunity to play in the upcoming Myrtle Beach Classic PGA golf event.

Matt Adkins earned a sponsor’s exemption by winning the YouTube-style tournament called “The Q,” which was played on March 4. The event was closed to the public, and the results were kept secret until Tuesday when organizers released a two-hour video.

The 16-player tournament featured eight YouTube content creators and eight PGA Tour players, and on Tuesday, locals and visitors gathered for a watch party at the Tournament Players Club to watch the video and find out the results

Many of these competitors had ties to South Carolina, including Atkins. He has played in 25 PGA Tour events and finished 38th in November’s RSM Classic played at the Sea Island Golf Club in Saint Simon Island, Georgia.

“My first experience with golf, really, was playing with my dad on vacation in Myrtle Beach,” Atkins said. “That’s my like first real memory of playing. So I played one year of college golf in Arkansas, and then I transferred to USC Aiken for my last three years.”

Atkins and YouTuber, George Bryan, were tied at three under par on the 18th hole, putting them into a playoff.

“I had a short putt to win, and once that went in, it was just relief,” Atkins said. “It was really bittersweet because George is a great friend and that was the first time I got to battle against a friend in competition, one that heavily to where it was like win or lose to a friend.”

Since winning “The Q,” Atkins said he has played in other tournaments to help him prepare and hopes to qualify for the CJ CUP Byron Nelson, which will be played May 2-5 in Dallas, Texas.

“Hopefully play some good golf,” Atkins said. “I could very well quality in the Byron next week and go straight from Dallas to Myrtle Beach, playing back-to-back events, which would be cool, so we’ll give it a go.”

Atkins said he’s excited to compete in the Myrtle Beach Classic, which is set for May 9-12 at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club. Over the past 30 years, 12 players have won on the PGA Tour while playing on a sponsor exemption.

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Jackie LiBrizzi is a multimedia journalist at News13. Jackie is originally from Hamilton, New Jersey, and was raised in Piedmont, South Carolina. Jackie joined the News13 team in June 2023 after she graduated as a student-athlete from the University of South Carolina in May 2023. Follow Jackie on X, formerly Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and read more of her work here.

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