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LOs McKennon creates unique golf bag for charity

Mike McKennon created this golf bag for PGA pro Rich Beem. Beem had the bag signed by other professional golfers and it will be auctioned off next spring to benefit the South Carolina Golf AssociationLakeridge graduate and owner of McKennon Golf Bag Company Mike McKennon recently had one of his creations on display at one of golf's most prominent settings and did so for a very good cause.

McKennon caddied for Oswego Lake Country Club golf pro Scott Erdmann at the PGA Championship in 2011.

During his time at the Atlanta Athletic Club, he played a practice round with 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem.

“He's really one of the great people I have ever met. He's genuinely interested in people and causes,” McKennon said.

Beem contacted McKennon prior to this year's PGA Championship and asked McKennon to design a bag for him that would represent the state of South Carolina, where this year's tournament was held.

McKennon obliged, designing a bag with the state flag of South Carolina prominently featured as well as palmetto trees on the head covers. McKennon has previously designed bags and head covers for Beem.

Originally, the idea was that Beem would carry the bag during the PGA Championship to later be auctioned for charity. However, Beem realized that the bag would likely be more valuable if, instead, he had it signed by other professional golfers at the tournament.

“I would have made him a bag for any reason but this was totally his idea and he wanted to do it out of the goodness of his heart,” McKennon said.

After obtaining the signatures, the bag was sent back to McKennon briefly.

“It's really cool to see and to know that our product was there,” McKennon said.

He will ship the bag to the South Carolina Golf Association, the organization that will benefit from the money raised by the bag.

“When we called them they thought it was a joke at first. They were pretty surprised,” McKennon said.

The bag will be auctioned off next year at an annual charity event in Charleston, S.C. held the Monday after the Masters and put on by former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker that many professionals attend.

“It's really the perfect place to do it,” McKennon said.



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