It is well known that Darius Rucker, country music star and lead singer of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, knows how to make a hit record. He’s demonstrated that talent many times, with Hootie & the Blowfish hits like “Let Her Cry," "Hold My Hand" and “Only Wanna Be with You” as well as solo country hits like “Wagon Wheel” and “I Don’t Care,” which also features his pal Brad Paisley. But it may come as a surprise to some fans that Rucker also knows how to hit a golf ball pretty good. But it is not really for their skills on the links that Rucker and his fellow Blowfish have just been inducted into the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame.
Rucker, a native South Carolinian, is a good guy who has raised tons of money for charity through his golf event, the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am (MAM), which for most of its 25-year history has been held in Myrtle Beach, SC. The induction of Rucker and Hootie & the Blowfish members Dean Felber, Mark Bryan and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld comes just a little over a month before MAM tees off with a pre-party on Sat. Apr. 13. The event’s celebrity players have not yet been announced but previous years have seen the likes of Jason Mraz, Alice Cooper, Meatloaf and Edwin McCain along with pro golfers Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam and Arnold Palmer take part.
This year marks the first time that the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame has inducted stars like Hootie & the Blowfish. Also inducted this year was PGA star Dustin Johnson, another native of South Carolina, who has formerly been ranked at #1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. In previous years the Hall has inducted individuals who, while not celebrities, have played important parts in the development of the golf scene in Myrtle Beach.
Rucker does not have any solo dates scheduled at this time but he will be appearing at the Loretta Lynn Allstar Birthday Celebration Concert Apr. 1 in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena. Hootie & the Blowfish will be embarking on a major tour beginning in late May and running through mid-September. The jaunt will wrap up with three nights in the band’s hometown of Columbia, SC and include performances June 22 in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena (Tickets) and July 11 in Greenwood Village, CO at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre (Tickets). Opening all shows on the tour will be Barenaked Ladies. Hootie & the Blowfish will also perform once during the MAM golf event.
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