Bob Gillespie



Battling Sickle Cell: James R. Clark Memorial tournament at Fort Jackson Golf Club

Posted 4/9/2013 1:02:00 PM

Every year, hundreds of golf tournaments are organized and played to benefit charities – from the PGA Tour level to weekend warriors – but few help a better, and often overlooked, cause than the battle against sickle cell anemia.

The James R. Clark Memorial Tournament, sponsored by the Sickle Cell Foundation, comes to Columbia’s Fort Jackson Golf Club on April 19, with a field of 108 (54 two-person captain’s choice teams) expected. Cost is $65 per person and begins with an 8 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Sickle cell anemia targets African-Americans, many of whom years ago rarely set foot on a golf course except as caddies. But the game, in part due to the impact of Tiger Woods (and his predecessors, such as Charlie Sifford and Calvin Peete), is growing among the nation’s minority population – so it seems only right to play golf and fight this dread disease at the same time.

For more information, call (803) 600-3058, email Willie Goins or click here.