Celebrity Golf

Hilton Head Island annual Celebrity Golf TournamentAfter almost literally throwing “caution to the wind” last Labor Day weekend, organizers are planning the 25th anniversary edition of an Island tradition, the Hilton Head Island annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, slated September 2nd, 3rd and 4th at tree of Hilton Head’s most treasured layouts.

Last year’s tourney was jeopardized by the threat of Hurricane Frances, but Tournament Director Gayle Wingo said her group that benefits 18 children’s charities in Beaufort County, “made the decision to go forward and it became the Tournament Against All Odds. With a spirit of camaraderie unlike any we have ever experienced, our incredible sponsors, volunteers and celebrity participants braved the weekend and created our finest tournament ever.” 

Hilton Head Island annual Celebrity Golf TournamentBoston Celtic legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Cousy will be the honorary chairman for this year’s event, to be played again at the Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run, on Friday, moving to the Robert Trent Jones at Palmetto Dunes Saturday and concluding at Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines on the Sunday before Labor Day.

The list of 2005 celebrity participants won’t be finalized until June, but they’ll join an A-Z roll-call of over 125 personalities from the worlds of sports, TV, film, music and comedy from astronaut Neil Armstrong and actor Daniel Baldwin through Michael Jordan and Leslie Nielsen to NFL kicker Garo Yepremian and actress Kim Zimmer who’ve participated over the past two-dozen years. Besides golf, there are numerous opportunities for participants to engage in pre-and post-round hospitality with the celebrities. There is also significant interaction with kids involved in the “Kids for Kids” program that allows many area youth to meet their “heroes,” including last year’s special guests, FDNY Engine 7, Ladder 1.

Celebrity GolfOlympic speed skating legend Dan Jansen and former NFL quarterback Steve Bartkowski were among last year’s winning players, but the real winners are the children’s organizations in Beaufort County who’ve now received nearly $2.4-million from tournament proceeds. Among the 2005 beneficiaries are organizations in the area providing food for the hungry, safety and shelter for the abused, clothing for the needy, quality day care, grief counseling, summer camps for the disabled, medical aid and programs that give area children the opportunity for a sense of self-worth and direction.

Over 250 volunteers, many of them scheduling their vacations around the tournament to help, are needed each year to make sure the 500-plus participants and their guests get a heaping helping of Hilton Head hospitality during a successful tournament weekend. If you’re interested in volunteering, or in one of the still-available sponsorships or VIP packages, contact the tournament office at (843) 842-7711 or on-line at www.hhcelebritygolf.com.


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