Golf News for Monday, September 9, 2013 | Charity

Sean Fister to support Hawkins Foundation charity golf tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Hawkins Foundation announced that three-time World Long Drive champion Sean "The Beast" Fister will be participating in its fourth annual charity golf tournament - Not An Ordinary Golf Tournament, Take IV - to help raise awareness and funds for academic scholarships in orthopaedics. At the event, planned for Monday, October 7, 2013, at Greenville Country Club's Chanticleer golf course, Sean will conduct an exhibition clinic, a "Beast Ball" long drive competition for prizes, and be available to players, should they need more firepower from the tee box on the par 5 fifteenth hole - all powered by McKinney Dodge Chrysler Jeep.

"Sean's coming on board to support our mission through this event is really something special, and will be very exciting for the players," said Gary Hyman, who serves as Executive Director of the Hawkins Foundation. "The guys and gals who compete in this tournament each year are serious about winning - it's all about pride, not prize, with this event. Thanks to our unique format [Color Ball Texas Scramble, followed by a Cross Country Shootout], I think he should receive no shortage of player requests to help them gain an advantage."

Sean Fister comes from a family that has produced seven professional athletes. Known as "The Beast", he is the three-time RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion-Open Division, and has set 13 RE/MAX World Championship records and placed thirteen times in the Top 10 within the RE/MAX World Championships. Fister has conducted more than 2,000 exhibitions and appearances worldwide, has graced the cover of seven magazines, and has been in ten national television commercials. He founded and is a four-time Captain of the United States Long Drive Tour, has been inducted into three Halls of Fame, and currently serves as the President of the Long Drivers of America Hall of Fame.

"As one who has competed at the highest level of competitive sports for most of my life, I can attest to the high regard that athletes have for the Steadman Hawkins name," said Fister, President of Fister Golf Company. "Knowing the tremendous work Dr. Hawkins has done for both athletes and non-athletes, I am honored to play a part in helping to boost the fundraising aspects of the Hawkins Foundation charity golf event with my own brand of entertainment. I personally guarantee that this day will be one the participants never forget."

A charity golf tournament you'll never forget, the "Not a Traditional Golf Outing, Take IV" is anything but ordinary! Celebrating its fourth year, the tournament will take place on Monday, October 7, 2013, with a 9:00 am shotgun start on the award-winning Chanticleer Golf Course at Greenville Country Club. A post-round fiesta will feature live entertainment from an authentic mariachi band and tapas bites, beer, and margaritas. Then, partygoers and golfers alike can cheer (or heckle!) the top five golf teams as they participate in the final, winner-takes-all Cross Country Shootout.

All proceeds from the tournament will fund scholarships for Clemson University students working on orthopaedic research through the Clemson University Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus ("CUBEInC") Labs located within the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas and The Greenville Health System.

Powered by McKinney Dodge Chrysler Jeep, the "Beast Ball" competition will net one lucky winner a two-day Stay-and-Play getaway golf experience at The Cliffs Communities, with a complimentary vehicle for the weekend provided by McKinney Dodge.

Registration is now underway for the Not A Traditional Golf Outing, Take IV. Five-person teams as well as individual players are welcome. For more details and pricing, visit www.hawkinsfoundationgolf.com.

Sponsorships for the event are still available. The deadline for sponsorship is September 15th. For more information, contact Cecilia Hanna at Cecilia.hanna@hawkinsfoundation.com.

About The Hawkins Foundation
The Hawkins Foundation and Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas are dedicated to compassionate patient-centered care and the advancement of orthopaedics through research and education. Their goal is to improve outcomes for orthopaedic patients world-wide through research projects led voluntarily by Steadman Hawkins physicians, often in collaboration with the scientific and academic community within South Carolina. Results of their projects are provided freely to the orthopaedic world through medical journals, associated publications, symposiums and conferences. Through the Hawkins Foundation's ACGME accredited Fellowship Program, it also brings surgeons to Greenville from all over the world to study and perfect the latest in surgical techniques. Dr. Hawkins, its founder and board chairman, has trained more than 175 surgeons and counting. The Hawkins Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization that relies solely on donations from institutions, corporations and individuals for our operating expenses, research funding and salary stipends for Fellowships. To learn more, visit www.hawkinsfoundation.com.

Contact:
Jamie Prince | Flourish
(864) 248-0255 | Jamie@startflourishing.com