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Aiken Golf Classic benefits Relay for Life

April 15, 2019

Last year’s Aiken Golf Classic raised more than $36,000 for the Aiken Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.

In 12 years, the charity tournament has raised more than $376,000 through the generosity and community support of the event’s volunteers, sponsors and players.

The 13th-annual Aiken Golf Classic will be April 22 on the Jones Course and the Cupp Course at Woodside Plantation Country Club at 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive.

Registration and the range will open at 8:30 with a complimentary breakfast provided by Woodside. The format is an 18-hole scramble with a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start.

The rain date is April 29.

“We are anticipating a great tournament and a sunny day. Golf week in Aiken helps get everyone excited,” said Lisa Glass, an advertising account executive with the Aiken Standard, which is organizing the event. “When you pair playing golf on a beautiful course and raising money to fight cancer, it makes for a wonderful day.

“Watching donated dollars at work here in Aiken is so gratifying. The American Cancer Society Survivor Suite in the Village at Woodside Medical Oncology Associates brings it right home. Supporting survivors and caregivers is why we do what we do. We have room for golfers, and we need your support.”

Several sponsorship opportunities are available for prospective players. The cost is $130 for an individual, or $520 for a foursome, which includes range balls, greens and cart fees, a complimentary gift package and a mulligan.

A tee sponsorship is $225 and a Gold sponsor – which includes range balls, greens and cart fees, a gift package and a mulligan for each player plus recognition on the corporate sponsorship banner – is $625 for a foursome.

A single mulligan can be purchased for $5. If one isn’t enough, five can be purchased for $20.

Diamond, Platinum, Platinum Plus and Presenting sponsorships also are available.

Teams will play 18 consecutive holes, and the number of strokes under par will calculate the winner scores.

Beverages and lunch provided by Chick-fil-A will be served on the course. The 19th Hole Cocktail Reception, featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, will follow immediately after play.

Numerous team and individual prizes will be awarded, plus the big one – the par-3 hole in one prize, which includes a new car sponsored by Honda Cars of Aiken.

For more information about the tournament, visit www.aikengolfclassic.com or contact Melinda Caldwell at 803-644-2362 or mcaldwell@aikenstandard.com.

Forms and payment should be mailed to Aiken Golf Classic, 326 Rutland Drive, Aiken, SC 29801. Make checks payable to Aiken Golf Classic.

Participants will receive a letter for their tax-deductible donation. For more information about Aiken’s Relay for Life event, visit www.relayforlife.org/aikensc.

The Aiken Golf Classic was founded in 2006 by Bill Blosser, Jack St. Clair and Dennis Bartholomew, who died from cancer the same year. The tournament is dedicated to the memory of Bartholomew and everyone who lost his or her life to cancer.

In 2018, approximately 30,450 South Carolinians were diagnosed with cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Of the people diagnosed, approximately 10,630 lost their battle with the disease.

In the United States, one out of three people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, according to the American Cancer Society.

The Relay For Life movement is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser dedicated to helping communities attack cancer.

For more information or questions about cancer, visit www.cancer.org or call 1-800-ACS-2345.

To volunteer for the Aiken Golf Classic or any other American Cancer Society event, call the local society office at 1-706-731-0152.