Local Golfers Tee Off for Children

St. Andrew’s Scholarship Golf Tournament raises more than $5,000

By Charlie Morrison

Team 'West Of'
Team ‘West Of,’ made up of Will Shelton, John Banta, Dan Lorentz, and Charlie Morrison, captured second place and an autographed photo of Venus Williams.

A record-setting field of 33 teams and more than 130 golfers participated in the annual St. Andrew’s Parks and Playground Scholarship Golf Tournament presented
by West Of Thursday at Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club.

Team ‘West Of,’ made up of Will Shelton, John Banta, Dan Lorentz, and Charlie Morrison, captured second place and an autographed photo of Venus Williams.

The event is the primary fundraiser for the St. Andrew’s Parks and Playground Scholarship Fund, which enables low-income and at-risk youth to participate in summer camps, youth sports and recreational programs offered by St. Andrew’s. More than $5,000 was netted from the event, which featured four-player teams in a Captain’s Choice format.

“We had an incredible turnout and the money we raised will benefit dozens of families,” St. Andrew’s Executive Director Kevin Walsh said. “The support we received from individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the community was fantastic, and we’re grateful for the contributions that were made.”

This year’s field of 132 players surpassed last year’s previous record of 118 competitors, and the 2010 net proceeds also exceed last year’s previous record amount.

For the fourth consecutive year, West Of was the event’s title sponsor and editor/publisher Lorne Chambers also expressed his appreciation for the record turnout and community involvement.

“St. Andrew’s Parks has been a cornerstone of West Ashley for more than 60 years, and we’re proud to align West Of with St. Andrew’s and this great cause,” he said. “It was a perfect spring day in West Ashley and everybody had a fantastic time.”

Multiple sponsors donated cash, gift cards, services, food, and beverage and more. Platinum sponsors were Charleston Visitor Map Guide and discounts4u.com, both part of the Business Alliance Marketing Group (BAM Group) family of companies. Gold sponsors included Lenny’s Sub Shop, which provided the pre-tournament lunch for all players and volunteers, and Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ, which donated the post-tournament dinner.

“Our goal is to provide the participants with a first class experience from start to finish, and the contributions we got from West Of, the BAM Group companies, Lenny’s Sub Shop and Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ played a huge part in making that possible,” said Mark Spinn, the St. Andrew’s Parks Marketing and public relations director and chair of the agency’s tournament committee. “We get a lot of players who come back to our event year after year, and the tremendous generosity we get from our sponsors is obviously a major factor in the popularity of the tournament. The participants know they’ll have a great time.”

Silver Sponsors included Pearlstine Distributors, Coastal Burglar Alarm, Triangle Char and Bar, Red Horse Screen Printing, Coca-Cola, The Law Offices of L.W. Cooper, Jr., West Ashley Optimist Club and Rea Landscape Management. In addition, the recently opened Chick-fil-A on Savannah Highway served hot sandwiches mid-round and the Chick fil A cow was on hand to entertain players.

Hole sponsors included Hay Tire, Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, Hendrick Honda of Charleston, Port City Paper, Richard’s Automotive, Simmons Irrigation Supply, and LP Photo.

The team of Gil Lipscomb, Duffy Stone, Dan Gross, and John Swicord won the tournament with a score of 58. For the victory, the quartet received a complimentary foursome at RiverTowne Country Club provided by BAM Group. West Of’s team of Will Shelton, Charlie Morrison, Dan Lorentz, and John Banta finished in second place and earned a foursome at Patriots Point Golf Links, also provided by BAM Group.

The team made up of Stephen Tanner, Mike Reardon, Chip Mathis, and Brad Masopust also shot a 59 for third place and received a foursome at Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club, provided by the event’s host course.

“Every year, we reach out to the community and are amazed how much support we receive,” Walsh said. “There are a lot of worthy causes out there to contribute to, so we feel blessed and we’re already looking forward to next year’s tournament.”

© 2009 Wiser Time Publishing, Inc.

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