March For Babies tourney coming to Oldfield

By Lance Hanlin

To celebrate the 75th birthday of the March of Dimes, Kyleen and Brandon Bright’s family and friends hope to raise $7,500 for the non-profit organization through a charity golf tournament at Oldfield Club in Okatie.
The Oldfield Club March For Babies Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, March 9, at the exclusive Greg Norman-designed course, located on the banks of the Okatie River.

The cost is $125 per player or $400 per four-person team and includes a barbecue lunch, proximity prizes, hole-in-one contests, a raffle and silent auction items.

“It’s for a great cause,” Kyleen said.

The tournament will honor the Brights’ two sons, Joey and Logan.

Three years ago the twins were born three months premature. The Brights became involved in the March of Dimes shortly after, raising $3,650 in 2011 and $6,117 in 2012 through the March for Babies Walk in Beaufort.
This year, they had a Bright idea.

Why not give local golfers an opportunity to play the private course while raising even more money for the March for Babies Walk (set for April 20 in Beaufort)?

“We live in Oldfield so I kind of had the connections there,” Kyleen said. “The March of Dimes helps families in so many ways. It just kind of hit home for us. We try to do whatever we can each year now.”

Three years ago, Kyleen traveled to Ohio when she was 21 weeks pregnant for her baby shower when her water ruptured. Doctors told her she had to make it to at least 25 weeks in order for her children to have a chance.
She made it to 28 weeks.

“They told me 50 percent of women in that scenario will deliver within one week,” Kyleen said. “Of the 50 percent left, another 50 percent will deliver in the second week. Making it seven weeks was a true miracle.”

Joey and Logan have grown into normal 3-year-old boys and both are already obsessed with golf. They spend a good portion of the day waiving at passing golfers from the back porch of their house, located off the No. 5 hole.

“We are very lucky,” Kyleen said. “That is why we want to help raise money – so others don’t have to go through what we went through. We had a happy ending but many do not.”

DETAILS
What: Oldfield Golf Club March For Babies Golf Tournament
When: 10 a.m., March 9
Where: Oldfield Golf Club
Cost: $125 per player, $400 per team
To register: Call Kevin Hankey at 843-645-4601 or email khankey@oldfieldsc.com




 

 

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