By Kelly Collins
The RDM Golf Tournament is in memory of my dad who passed away in April 2013 from a Glioblastoma Brain Tumor. All proceeds from the tournament go to help fund brain cancer research. Glioblastomas are the most aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer. The median survival rate for a glioblastoma patient who is treated with chemotherapy and radiation is 14.6 months. With only 30 % of patients surviving two years and less than 10% will survive five years. Treatment is very difficult because these type of tumors contain so many types of cells and reproduce so quickly. There is no known cause for these tumors. My dad was an avid golfer and spent most of his time golfing, boating and spending time with his grandchildren, This tournament was his idea, as a way that our family can help other families who are affected by this terrible disease. Last year was our Inaugural year and we raised almost $20,000.00.
The tournament will once again take place at Sanctuary Golf Course on Cat Island in Beaufort. The event is Saturday, March 28th. If is a Four Man Scramble Tournament and Tee Time is at 12 noon. $100.00 per golfer which includes golf, dinner and beer/wine. There will be a cocktail party that begins at 4:30 with Silent Auction and Raffle Items and well as live entertainment. If you are not a golfer you can attend the cocktail party for $25.00 per person.
Kelly Collins has been a Beaufort resident since 1997. Her parents are both originally from Beaufort, so she decided to relocate here after teaching elementary school in Memphis, TN. She and her husband, Tommy have owned Collin Pest Control since 1999, and she has been teaching aerobics at Wardle Family YMCA for 15 years. Kelly has three children.