The Beaufort Charities Invitational is back and better than ever! The annual golf tournament, originally called the Heart Fund, will be held the weekend of May 16-18 at Fripp Island Resort, employer of Candice Glover. The event, in its 37th year, has raised more than $700,000 for local charities. The tournament is one of the largest and most sought after invitations in golf in the Beaufort County area.
Local charities that received money in 2012 include Alzheimer’s Support Group, Senior Services of Beaufort, the Boys & Girls Club, Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA), Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA), Friends of Caroline Hospice, Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry, Habitat for Humanity and Lowcountry Rotary.
The weekend will start with registration and a cocktail reception at the Ocean Point Pool at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 16. A shotgun start will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Friday followed by a special late afternoon charity event. Tee times will be posted on Saturday based on Friday’s net scores. The Awards Ceremony, dinner and entertainment will follow at the Ocean Creek Veranda Beach pool area.
The Beaufort Charities Invitational Board consists of past committee members (who plan each year’s tournament) and are responsible for distributing the money raised in the tournament to local charities. This year’s committee members are Harry Patterson (Chairman), Bob Bundy, Chris Jones, Benji Hill, Charlotte Diorio, Christian Sherbert, Matt Flewelling, Christina Tilton, Marjory Mitchell, Jay Lovell, Jeff Althoff, John Davis, Scott Jennings and Eddie Thames
In addition to the board and committee members, the invitational could not be possible without the help of sponsors, Fripp Island Resort and the ever popular Par 3 Girls that assist with the tournament all weekend.
As added excitement to the weekend, the American Idol finale will be Thursday, May 16. Candice Glover, who worked at Fripp Island Excursions, could possibly be announced as the next American Idol that evening. Fripp Island would certainly be a fun place to be if she wins!
If you are interested in playing in the Beaufort Charities Invitational, please contact Benji Hill at 521-4000 or 986-7169. You may also visit www.BeaufortCharities.com and learn more about the event.