Bob Gillespie



Good cause: Daniel Island Club hosting Needtobreathe charity tournament

Posted 3/12/2013 12:02:00 PM

Most experienced vacation golfers know that some of the best courses in the country are usually closed to outside play. One good way around that problem: Find a private course that’s hosting a charity event and sign up. It’s a win-win for everyone.

If you’ve read about Charleston’s Daniel Island Club – home to two 18-hole layouts by Rees Jones and Tom Fazio – but lamented the club’s private status, the Needtobreathe Classic, set for March 19, is your ticket in. Sponsored by the Palmetto Medical Initiative, which has as its mission “to provide sustainable, quality healthcare to those in need while increasing accessibility to global medical missions,” the tournament will benefit some of the world’s neediest people.

Hosting the event is the Commonwealth Cares Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. Players will compete on either the Jones-designed Ralston Creek course or Fazio’s Beresford Creek layout. From 2010-12, Daniel Island’s Ralston Creek course played host to the then-Nationwide Tour Championship, and both courses feature Lowcountry views, with water, marsh and sand coming into play.

Players will be paired celebrity guests from the ranks of the National Football League and Major League Baseball. After tournament play, VIP guests will also enjoy a concert by the band Needtobreathe, plus performances by members of Mercy Me, Collective Soul, John Mark McMillan and others. Gift bags will include signed CDs from the performers and other gifts.

Cost for the tournament is $300/person or $1,200/team, plus $75 for the 7 p.m. VIP party and 7:30 p.m. concert. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. PMI officials hope to raise $100,000 via the tournament.

For more information or to sign up, click here. Checks may also be mailed directly to: Commonwealth Cares Foundation, 225 Seven Farms Drive, Suite 106, Daniel Island, S.C. 29492.