Myrtle Beach Golf Ambassador 2009
Jimmy D’Angelo’s most significant contribution to the Myrtle Beach golf industry was not limited to his play on the course, but also his marketing acumen in promoting Myrtle Beach golf and The Dunes Club.
D’Angelo served as the first golf professional at the esteemed Dunes Golf and Beach Club from its 1948 opening day until he retired in 1968. During his tenure at the Dunes Club, D’Angelo developed the Robert Trent Jones testimonial dinner for writers in Myrtle Beach in 1954 to attract writers to the emerging Myrtle Beach golf destination. The event evolved into the weeklong Golf Writers Association of America Championship – a media golf tournament that became a pre-Masters tradition and brought media attention to the area for more than 50 years. His relationship with the media culminated in the July 9, 1961 front cover of the Saturday Evening Post, which depicted guests in the Dunes Club locker room waiting out a thunderstorm.