Mike Swanson Wins Golf For a Year in Myrtle Beach

Winner of the Myrtle Beach Golf for a Year Sweepstakes Mike Swanson never anticipated comparing schedules with PGA Tour star and Myrtle Beach golf spokesman Dustin Johnson would be part of his to-do list this fall.

Then again, he never dreamed he would be the winner of the Golf For a Year in Myrtle Beach sweepstakes, which included a round at TPC Myrtle Beach with Johnson.

When Swanson received an email informing him he had won Golf For a Year, it didn’t move to the top of his priority list – who hasn’t received a message guaranteeing a prize of some sort? But Swanson recalled entering a random drawing contest that promised 12 4-night, 4-round Myrtle Beach golf trips so he eventually opened the email and was informed that he had won the drawing.

Still skeptical, he checked out Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s website, contacted the Better Business Bureau, and before he knew it, the Pittsburgh resident claimed the greatest giveaway in golf travel.

“I was shocked,” Swanson said of the realization that he won.

The shock didn’t wear off quickly when Swanson got a look at what he is going to receive. In addition to the monthly trip to Myrtle Beach to play the courses of his choosing and the round with Johnson, the other prizes include:

- Round trip airfare for Swanson and a friend.
- Deluxe ccommodations each month.
- A custom fit set of clubs for Swanson and a friend.
- A trip to one of Myrtle Beach’s best golf schools.
- Rental car and food allowance when he is in town.

With his bounty secured, Swanson’s buddies are jockeying to accompany him to GolfTown, USA.

“I’m trying to lineup bribes to see who gets to go (with me),” Swanson said with a laugh.

Swanson has only been playing golf for seven years, but he fell in love with the game from the start. He estimated that he played 50-70 rounds a year – and squeezed in three trips to Myrtle Beach – during his first six years.

A pair of life changing events – marriage and fatherhood – have limited him to 15 rounds this year but enhanced his excitement about going to Myrtle Beach.

Swanson is working to select a date to play with Johnson later this year.

“If that’s all I won, that would be great,” he said. “I’ve never seen the pros play, so I’m looking forward to being on the course with someone with that talent. He can laugh at us.”

Johnson may get a laugh or two, but the rest of us will be green with envy.

Comments for Mike Swanson Wins Golf For a Year in Myrtle Beach


Name: Lynne
Time: Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Nice things happen to nice people!!

Name: Lori
Time: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Congratulations to my celebrity brother! Have a great time.
Love ya,
Lori

Name: David
Time: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Congrats on the AWESOME prize. If your buddies get too annoying give me a shout!

Name: EDWARD SCHEIBE
Time: Thursday, October 6, 2011

I got hooked on golf when I retired to New Bern NC and haven't put the stick down yet. I'm 74 and have arthritis so bad it hurts to be out there sometimes but I keep on chucking! It's a very addictive game and I love it. I don't think my body would take a year of Myrtle Beach, but then it might. Good Luck Mike Swanson.

Name: Janice Ogier
Time: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Always a male winner

Name: Jeff Hoefer
Time: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Mike, congrats! I'm jealous, but have a great time. Write a follow up of your experiance with playing with a Pro if they haven't already asked you to do so. I think my legs would be a little wobbly on the first tee.

Name: Anthony Williams
Time: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Congradulations !!!! Have a great time.

Name: AJ McKinley
Time: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Congratulations on trips of a lifetime and playing golf with Dustin. I am green in envy, but very happy for you.

Name: David Gosoroski
Time: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wow! Congrats Mike, it's your lucky day! Enjoy all the amenities and soak up as much golf knowledge as possible from Dustin and from the golf school. Good Luck! David

Name: David Gosoroski
Time: Thursday, October 6, 2011

P. S.
Watch out for those gators, they don't look very friendly!

Name: Jon & Dee Schuetz
Time: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Way to go, Mike!

Name: Robert J. Andrea
Time: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, what a great spot to play golf, love the area.

Name: c-chisholm
Time: Thursday, October 6, 2011

mike we gave you sid crosby so why not email me and advise me to join you for a 4 day dream golf vacation.Nova Scotia is very brutal weather today makes a Jan golf game look pretty inviting.

Name: Virginia Stenz
Time: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Don't think my husband and I are good enough for these courses, but we love Myrtle Beach.

Name: Page Carwile
Time: Friday, October 7, 2011

I am so bummed. Enjoy the trips, this is a great prize

Name: Doctor Grafix
Time: Friday, October 7, 2011

Nice! Hit em straight and stay out of the bunkers. And remeber, Dustin used to shoot in the 90's too.

Name: David
Time: Friday, October 7, 2011

Congrats, I guess one in a million will get a chance to win something in their lifetime. Do me a favor, have a drink on the course for me. Enjoy the game. Dave

Name: bob hensley
Time: Friday, October 7, 2011

have a great time mike and call me if you need someone to fill a spot

Name: ishee
Time: Friday, October 7, 2011

mikevswanson, please pick me. :)

Name: Joe G
Time: Friday, October 7, 2011

Great prize!!!! Fitted clubs, 12-4 day trips to Myrtle, get to play with a touring pro and the golf school. I would be happy with any one of those
gifts. Have a great time.

Name: Kraig Okerlund
Time: Wednesday, October 12, 2011

hey man, congrats. I have many open dates on my calendar.