Asst. Golf Pro raises $16,000 to benefit Green Beret Foundation

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Photo above: Dataw Island Assistant Golf Pro, Chris Fearn, with supporters.

Chris Fearn, the Assistant Golf Pro at Dataw Island, played a golf marathon last week raising over $16,000 to benefit the Green Beret Foundation.

Chris Fearn golfing though the rain.
Chris Fearn golfing though the rain.

“The Green Beret Foundation is such a worthy cause,” Fearn said. “They provide support for the Green Beret Community and their families. I am so happy to be able to help support our troops and so grateful to everyone who donated, supported and cheered me on!”

His marathon began at a sprint with glow-in-the-dark golf balls at 4:30 a.m. and continued through pouring rain, cold and obvious exhaustion until 5:30 p.m. Chris played 156 holes, and got 19 birdies and 1 eagle on Dataw Island’s Morgan River course.

This is the latest project in a very productive year for Chris. In September, he coached the American team in the Simpson Cup Golf Tournament at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England. The Simpson Cup is an annual tournament between teams of 12 injured Servicemen and veterans from the USA and their British counterparts. All competitors involved in the Simpson Cup are members of the On Course Foundation—an organization that supports the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and Veterans through golf. Though the American team didn’t win this year, they came within ½ point of retaining the Cup.

Soon, the Simpson Cup team will be getting back together at Dataw Island to play in the 8th Annual Purple Heart Golf Classic. Two hundred supporters and 30 wounded veterans from all across the U.S. will be competing in this year’s tournament on Dataw’s Cotton Dike and Morgan River Courses. This year the tournament will continue to raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides educational scholarships for dependents of those killed or injured in the service.