Golf

Bob Gillespie

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

To your health: Kiawah charity tournament targets prostate cancer

Posted 5/8/2013 1:12:00 PM

Ken Burger knows more than he ever wanted to know about prostate cancer – and, fortunately, about prostate health screenings. In 2007, the now-retired columnist for Charleston’s Post & Courier newspaper was diagnosed with the illness. Ever since, Burger, 63 and in remission, has made prostate cancer prevention and treatment a priority in his life.

The popular writer, who has written three novels about South Carolina and writes a regular blog about Charleston and the Lowcountry, will play host to his fifth annual Ken Burger Prostate Challenge Golf Tournament on Sept. 26 at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course.

Dubbed the world’s most difficult golf course by Golf Digest, it is also the site of the 1991 Ryder Cup and last summer’s PGA Championship, the first men’s major championship held in South Carolina. As in past years, Burger will be stationed at the course’s infamous par-3 17th hole to greet players and then hit a shot for each group in the captain’s choice format.

Entry fee for the tournament is $2,000 per foursome which includes the round of golf, refreshments, gifts, and “a good time,” Burger says. Proceeds go to fund a Prostate Navigator’s position at Charleston’s Roper St. Francis Healthcare, which is also a sponsor of Burger’s blog.

For information or to register, call (843) 958-2606, or email pat.vandeheuvel@rsfh.com.