Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, February 22, 2021—The 15th Annual Robert M. Clinger III Invitational was contested on Monday, February 15, 2021 at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The event was preceded by three days of torrential rain, high winds, and frigid temperatures which left the course waterlogged and closed for several days. Luckily, the rain subsided Sunday night and the course drained sufficiently for the tournament to proceed on time with a noon shotgun start. Though the weather remained cold and windy, the field of 53 players was undaunted.
When the results were in, three teams were tied at 62 (-10). With daylight running short and insufficient to accommodate The Invitational’s sudden death format (a three-hole cumulative playoff contested on holes 10, 11 and 13), the Executive Committee, professional staff and the competitors agreed to a chip off on the oceanfront lawn. The rest of the field watched from the warmth of the Dunes Golf & Beach Club ballroom as the teams attempted to negotiate the 75 yard shot directly into the wind whipping off the ocean. Following the chip off, the winners were announced:
First Place Team: Michael Groce, Jimmy Gilliam, Will Wireman, Jason Dalton
Second Place Team: Dennis Nicholl, Joel Boulanger, Holden Patterson, Erik Golden
Third Place Team: Brian Davenport, Seth Davenport, Bill White
The Executive Committee certified these results shortly after 7:00 PM local time. The participants and guests celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the event with a brief champagne toast. The projected date of the 16th Annual Robert M. Clinger III Invitational was announced as Monday, February 21, 2022. The event disbanded at 7:40 PM.
More information regarding the Invitational can be found on the tournament website, www.ClingerInvitational.com.
About Mr. Clinger—Robert M. Clinger III is the founder of Highland Global Business Valuations, a strategic advisory and business valuation consultancy. He has strong experience in the fields of business valuation, financial analysis, and mergers and acquisitions of privately-held enterprises. Mr. Clinger earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Finance, summa cum laude, from Coastal Carolina University and received the distinguished President’s award. Mr. Clinger has also earned the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA), the Certified Business Appraiser (CBA) designation from the Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA), and the Licensed International Financial Analyst (LIFA) for the International Research Association.
About The Dunes Golf & Beach Club—The Dunes Golf & Beach Club is a private golf club built in 1948. It is recognized as one of Robert Trent Jones’ finest designs. Since its inception, it has proved to be a world class course, offering the best in golf and member services. The course has a rating of 75.7 and a slope rating of 144. Each hole has its own descriptive name to give golfers an idea of what to expect before they tee off. “Waterloo”, hole 13, is the signature hole of the Dunes Club. “Waterloo” has received many accolades and awards as one of the greatest golf holes in the world.
The Robert M. Clinger III Invitational Executive Committee