Max Kennedy Of Louisville Takes Medalist Honors At Hackler Invitational And Earns A Spot In The 2024 Myrtle Beach Classic

Myrtle Beach Classic

Louisville senior is the first player announced in the 132-player field.


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., Mar. 21, 2024 — Max Kennedy, a senior at Louisville University, sank a six-foot putt for par on the last hole Wednesday to earn medalist honors at the General Hackler Invitational, giving him a spot in the upcoming Myrtle Beach Classic, which will be played May 6-12 at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club. The Cardinals also won the team title by five strokes over host Coastal Carolina.

Kennedy, from Dublin, Ireland, started the final round two strokes behind Clark Akers of Furman, but took the lead in the race to be the medalist in the 54-hole event with a birdie at the par-5 15th hole and then closed with three pars to finish a stroke ahead of John Houk of Chattanooga. Kennedy, who posted rounds of 68-71-69 for an 8-under total of 208 over the 7,233-yard par 72 layout, is the first player announced in the 132-player field.

“I can’t wait to compete with the pros. The opportunity is phenomenal,” said Kennedy, who won the second collegiate tournament of his career. “I stayed calm all day. I expected to be nervous, but I wasn’t nervous until the last green.”

The General Hackler Collegiate Championship has been played annually at the Dunes Club since 2015.

“The General Hackler Championship has continued to grow in stature over the years. And we hope that by awarding a spot in the Myrtle Beach Classic field to the individual medalist, we can work together to increase exposure for this collegiate event that has showcased many notable future professional golfers,” said Darren Nelson, tournament director for the Myrtle Beach Classic.

Among the household names in golf who have played in the Hackler are Dustin Johnson (Coastal Carolina), Bill Haas (Wake Forest), Cameron Young (Wake Forest), Patrick Reed (Augusta State), Corey Conners (Kent State) and Will Zalatoris (Wake Forest).

A Robert Trent Jones-designed course, the Dunes Club was incorporated in 1948. It was host to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on PGA TOUR Champions from 1994 to 1999, with notables Raymond Floyd, Jim Colbert, Jay Sigel, Gil Morgan, Hale Irwin and Gary McCord claiming titles. Twenty-one years earlier, the Dunes Club was the site of PGA TOUR Q-School Finals in 1973, with Ben Crenshaw taking medalist honors.

The Myrtle Beach Classic is a dual-field PGA TOUR event sponsored by Visit Myrtle Beach and managed by Sportfive, a global event management company. The local event will be one of two stops in the Palmetto State for the PGA TOUR in 2024, joining with the RBC Heritage in April at Harbour Town Golf Links.


About Myrtle Beach Classic

The Myrtle Beach Classic, a dual-field PGA TOUR event hosting 120 players, takes place May 9-12, 2024, at Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C., commonly known as the “Golf Capital of the World.” Daily and weekly general admission tickets, and Club 18 Shared Hospitality options are available for purchase online at Children aged 15 and younger are admitted free with an adult ticketholder.

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