Golf to help others
Picture perfect -- Standing beside pictures of the clients at Whitten Center, the special needs residential facility in Clinton, are Ali Rogers, of Laurens, Miss South Carolina 2013 and first runner-up in Miss America, and Annette Bledsoe, widow of the late Glenn Bledsoe for whom the tournament is named. A golfer at Laurens District High School and friend of the Bledsoe family, Rogers is communications manager for the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. - File photo
Striving to give special needs individuals “the best quality of life possible,” Whitten Center Parents’ Club is sponsoring the Glenn Bledsoe Memorial Golf Tournament this spring.
The seventh annual event will be April 13, at the Country Club of Newberry, 414 Country Club Road, Newberry. The event begins with a shotgun start at noon, Captain’s Choice style play. Prizes will be given to the top two teams.
An announcement says, “Glenn Bledsoe dedicated his career to the service of people with developmental disabilities. Not only did he work to bring joy to their lives, but he sought to promote awareness in the community of those that he served.
“Since 2004, he had organized and promoted The Friends of Whitten Center Golf Tournament to raise funds for the Whitten Center Parents’ Club. Glenn lost his life in a tragic accident in December of 2009. Knowing that he would have wanted the tournament to continue, a group made up of members of the Parents’ Club, the Friends of Whitten Center, Glenn’s close friends and family put together the first Glenn Bledsoe Memorial Tournament in March 2010.
“Continued support from players and sponsors for this annual event continue to benefit the special people that Glenn so loved.”
There are limited registrations available for teams (first 25), and sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Tara Glenn, 864-938-3407, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for registration forms and information.
Entry fees are $75 per person, $300 per team. Fee covers cart and green fees, beverages, one door prize ticket and dinner after the tournament. Hacker’s Packages also will be available the day of the tournament ($25).
Prize holes and other competitions are longest drive, closest to the pin, most accurate drive, closest to the case, hula hoopla and hole in one.
Sponsorships range from $1,000 Presenting Sponsors to $75. The Presenting Sponsors will receive recognition before, during and after the tournament, two team spots in the tournament, one Hacker’s Package for each golfer on both teams, and sign on a hole and a tee box.