At DeBordieu, the private golf community just north of Charleston, SC, we were all very happy for Bill Haas last year when he won the PGA Tour Championship, and a spot on the U.S. Presidents Cup Team. But we were also very sad that because of the practice schedule, he and his father Jay would not be able to participate in the 2011 DeBordieu Celebrity Pro-Am for Cystic Fibrosis.
But according to the Sun News, “Haas’ win in the Tour Championship turned out to be a boon for the tournament. A total of $4.5 million in proceeds from The Presidents Cup was distributed to charitable causes as chosen by the 30 players, captains and assistant captains, and Haas’ gift of $50,000 went to the DeBordieu tournament. “
According to DeBordieu Club Head Professional Shawn Roper, “We were excited to be able to pass that on to the South Carolina Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “It wasn’t expected. It shows his commitment to the event and that he really wanted to be here.”
Bill Haas’ late aunt, Fran Pruitt, lost a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis in 2008 at the age of 46. “I feel so fortunate to have made the President’s Cup team in 2011,” Haas told tournament organizers for a release. “Not only did it provide me with an amazing experience, but it also allowed me to make contributions to charities that are near to my family’s heart. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of my Aunt Fran, and couldn’t be more proud to help charities like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.”
“We expect an exciting roster of professional players this year,” Roper said. The Monday-Tuesday , November 12-13, pro-am costs $1,000 per four-player team and includes banquets, food, beverages and a gift pack. A $2,000 team entry includes higher level gifts primarily from tournament sponsor Adams Golf. A player auction on Nov. 12 will determine each team’s fifth player. A few area club pros join touring pros to fill out the professional field. Registration begins Friday, and the tournament’s 30 teams sold out well before the event last year. The event has a Texas Scramble format in which the best drive of the fivesome is selected and each player completes the hole with his own ball from there. Handicaps are factored into scoring.
The event is not open to spectators. Information on this year’s event, including sponsorship and playing opportunities, is available at www.dedordieuclub.com/golf or by calling 843-527-6000.
For more information about DeBordieu, contact Troi Kaz at 843-455-4523, TroiKaz@DeBordieu.com. DeBordieu Colony is an oceanfront community located just south of Pawleys Island, South Carolina that features private golf and tennis, saltwater creek access to the ocean, a manned security gate, and luxury homes and villas surrounded by thousands of acres of wildlife and nature preserves.