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Published on March 30th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


The Pastor’s Cup Classic Supports The First Tee of Columbia

Pictured with kids of the First Tee: Attorney Carl Solomon, Michael Chappell, Program Director and Sally McDaniel, Executive Director, The First Tee of Columbia, Pastor Michael Baker, Greater St. Luke Baptist Church. Photo by Calvin Reese, Millennium Magazine.

As many people in our community prepare for the Masters happening in Augusta in just a few short weeks, another group is preparing for a tournament with just as much excitement. On Monday, April 20th at Columbia Country Club The Pastor’s Cup Golf Classic will take place. This annual tournament was started years back as a way to bring awareness to the many individuals who lack adequate food and shelter in our community.

This year, the proceeds will benefit the 80+ inner city children who attend the Catherine Bellfield/Washington Heights Afterschool Program and provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors at the Greater St. Luke Baptist Church. By invitation of Pastor Michael Baker, The First Tee of Columbia, hosted out of the James E. Clyburn Golf Center, is also excited to be a part of this event for the first time this year.

The junior golfers from The First Tee will have an opportunity to compete in a chipping & putting contest, a playoff on the famous Tiger Woods video game hosted on the X-box  and even provide the drive for a foursome on a long Par 5.

Sally McDaniel, the executive director of The First Tee of Columbia is thrilled with this opportunity for the kids. She said, “As part of The First Tee, we teach our participants the art of shaking hands and making eye contact. This tournament will give our young people an opportunity to put these skills to use as they introduce themselves to members of the community and hopefully make relationships that last off the course. They’ll also get to show off their long drives and short games! We are thankful to Pastor Baker for including us in this event and look forward to working together throughout the upcoming year.”

You can stop by the Clyburn Golf Center to pick up a registration form or visit online  The First Tee of Columbia will receive $50 for each registration that comes out of the Clyburn Golf Center, so make sure you stop by this week to register your team.



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