Many people like to honor their loved ones after they pass by a donation to an organization that was special to their loved ones life.
Donations to The First Tee of Coastal Carolinas can be made in honor of that loved one. Click the Donate In Memory button, and be sure to include the persons name who you are honoring in the comment section.
If you would like to make a donation in recognition of a birthday, anniversary, personal accomplishment or a get well wish, please note the person being honored and the reason in the comments section.
If you would like a page set up for a loved one through our website, please contact Michele Bessette at [email protected]
Richard (Dick) Charlton passed away December 16, 2022 in Venice, FL at age 86. Dick learned to play golf in South Milwaukee, WI at age 7 where he rode his bike to the public course. He was proud that he “beat his age” at The Reserve and had 6 holes in one over his lifetime. When Dick and his wife, Ruth Farb, retired and moved to Pawleys Island, SC in 1998 he learned how to make and repair golf clubs and encouraged youth to participate in his favorite sport. The garage was frequently filled with used golf clubs and golf balls for recycling for First Tee. Dick enjoyed playing golf at Pawleys Plantation and The Reserve as well as participating and supporting numerous Future Generations Tournaments events for the First Tee. Dick was most proud and supportive of his wife’s improvement as a golfer (with his guidance) and her commitment to volunteer with First Tee Coastal Carolinas as coach, Director, Secretary and Vice Chair of the Board. Dick enjoyed teaching and playing golf with his children and grandchildren.
Johnny Mack Colson aka Johnny Moonshine
Johnny Mack Coulson passed away on July 6, 2023, at the age of 76. Johnny served as a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, specializing in Pershing Missiles. He was a member of the Compass Pointe Veterans Club. He was a golf course maintenance contractor with the U.S. Army at Fort Monmouth who trained him well in golf course equipment. Johnny had a career in and out of golf course maintenance that spanned his lifetime. When he and his wife Donna moved to Compass Pointe Johnny again was involved with golf course maintenance when the course was first opened. He also played tournament golf with his CP buds and enjoyed life at the Carolina Coast. Donna would love to honor her husband with donations made to the First Tee – Coastal Carolinas.
Roderick “Rod” Wynne Godwin
Roderick “Rod” Wynne Godwin passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April, 27th 2022 at the age of 72 in Wilmington, NC. Rod was a loving father and grandfather who was passionate about many sports. He loved the Cincinnati Bengals and was an avid UNC Tarheels fan. His love of the game of golf lasted throughout his lifetime. He never stopped looking for the next best driver or putter that would improve his game. He shared his passion for golf with all of his family and friends, never hesitating to book a tee time when friends were in town.
First Tee helps to share the game he loved so much with youth locally and throughout the country. Thank you for honoring Rod’s memory in this way.
Martin J Kolar
On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, Martin J Kolar, loving father of three daughters, passed away at the age of 77. Once he retired from the corporate world, he moved from the Chicago area to Myrtle Beach to live out his life dream of being a full time Golf Junky, and divided his time between the links and working jobs or volunteering his time with anything associated with golf. Marty was a First Tee volunteer and advocate for several years, dedicating his time and efforts in any way he could to help promote junior golf and the 9 Core Values. Marty spent his time collecting donations, cutting down and sorting clubs, as well as volunteering at Legends Resort with our After School Program as an assistant coach. On top of donating his time and effort, he also provided expert instruction for young golfers and made an incredible impact as a coach as well as an advocate for the program in the local community. Marty was a skilled golfer, integral coach, and will sincerely be missed.
Larry Young was a visionary and Pioneer of golf for the greater Myrtle Beach area as well as Williamsburg, Virginia. Of the 10 golf courses that he built, 4 were voted “Best New Course of the Year by Golf Digest” and all 10 courses he built received numerous awards and accolades. Millions of golfers all over the world have been able to share wonderful memories of his golf creations.
He had an unyielding energy and imagination in business and a hunger for the next project. But most important to Larry was his family. His wife, two sons, grandkids and great grandchildren. Nothing made him happier than his grandchildren and spending time with them. Larry is predeceased by his father Lewis and his mother Juanita. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judy Young. He has five grandchildren: Trey Young (Megan), Callie Bowden (Justin), Carson Lumpkin (Allston), Madeline Young and Isabella Young. His five grandchildren are: Quade, Caroline Young, Jack, Ava-Hunter, Nolan Bowden, Wren-Parker and Maggie-Rose Lumpkin.