2020 GRAND MARSHALLS
Susan and I moved to Beaufort in 1984. We recognized the significance of volunteer efforts on the local level and the positive impact to the community. Since 1984, I have volunteered as a Beaufort County Recreation coach, American Legion Baseball coach, Rotary Club of Beaufort member, and Beaufort High School Booster Club member. Knowing the efforts and commitment of volunteers, like those of the Beaufort Charities, I see the great improvements to our community. We are truly grateful to be a part of it.
The Beaufort Charities Tournament has a long history of volunteers who have strived to create an event to provide support for local need organizations. Our family has witnessed, first hand, the contribution made to a local organization. Along with the contribution efforts, Beaufort Charities has provided an outing for the enjoyment of golf, family, and friendship of the participants.
This will be the 23rd year that I have participated in the Beaufort Charities Invitational. Jerry Linn has been my partner in the event for 21 years. We have had a lot of good times and occasionally a little good golf! It’s always a great event to participate in, and we continue to look forward to the next year. Thanks to all the volunteers who make this a great event for participants like me, and who give so much back to our community.
Marines have a great fondness for tradition! Jodie and I were “Marine Brats” and met and were married at Camp Lejeune, NC while we were both in College. I was commissioned upon graduation from Old Dominion University. My first Beaufort Charities, then known as the Heart Fund, was as a guest (sub) while I was the Director of Drill Instructor School on Parris Island in the early 90s. My playing partner shared his thoughts about the tradition of this tournament and how it has grown over the years.
After retirement from the Marine Corps, Jodie and I chose to remain in Beaufort for a multitude of reasons and launch my second career as a teacher and coach for Beaufort County Schools. Soon after I began coaching baseball at Beaufort High School, I had the great pleasure of meeting and working with Jim and Susan Burgess through the Beaufort High Booster Club. Jim asked me to be his playing partner and except for one year we have been playing together every since. I believe this year will be our 21st year together.
The Beaufort Charities is a tradition that I am proud to be a part of. It is much more than just a great week-end of golf on a beautiful South Carolina island. It is a reunion of old friends, great fun and competition that consistently gives to the community. We look forward to the Beaufort Charities every year!