Bright and early on Monday morning, November 14, 162 eager golfers teed off on both the Slammer & Squire and King & Bear courses located within the World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Fla. This 12th year for the golf tournament is thankfully a wrap although it was not without a major interruption.
On Friday, October 7th, the weekend of the planned tournament date, Jacksonville was in the pathway of Hurricane Matthew. Luckily we were spared a direct hit, and while some flooding and wind damage occurred along the coast, our facility made it through just fine. This was the first time in the history of the tournament that weather was a critical factor and we might not be able to execute the tournament as planned. How could we complete 2016, the year we would celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Institute, without the much-anticipated golf tournament?
After some intense debate and conversations with our sponsors, the 12th Annual Play Golf. Fight Cancer.® Classic was rescheduled. Unlike the previous year where a dinner preceded golf on the night before, it would be a one-day event of golf, silent auction and recognition of our 10-year anniversary.
During the awards reception following play, Robert Nelson, a proton alum, shared his experience as a prostate cancer survivor. Jeff Prosser, 1010XL sports radio and a graduate of the University of Florida, generously volunteered his time to become our master of ceremonies for the afternoon. There was plenty of food and fun stories of the morning on the greens. Obviously, it was pretty exciting to shoot a golf ball with an air cannon 280 – 320 yards for an opportunity to win a free vacation trip for closest to the pin.
The Play Golf. Fight Cancer. Classic was created over a decade ago specifically to fund the continuous research that is being conducted by the medical staff. Happily, the 2016 tournament turned out to be a banner year with net earnings of over $200,000 dedicated to our clinical research program.
We would like to thank and recognize our anniversary sponsors, Dot Decimal, IBA and the Shepherd Agency. Not only have they contributed to this enjoyable event, they have also helped us become the world-leading proton center we are today. Thanks also to the many other supporting and dedicated sponsors and a hard-working and talented golf committee: Stuart Klein, Dr. Nancy Mendenhall, Melissa Burhans, Molly Dworkin, Jenna Bryan Hobkirk, Bradlee Robbert, Nancy Seely (co-chair), Jason Smith, Melissa Spearman, Ashley Williams, Buzzy Northen and Laura Press.
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