The seventh annual Food for the Soul (FFTS) golf tournament will take place March 28 (rain date, April 25). Registration will open at 11 a.m. and a Captain’s Choice Shotgun Start will be at 1 p.m. Players can also register online at www.foodforthesoulkc.com.
The tournament will take place at the Camden Country Club, redesigned by Donald Ross in the 1920s.
A world-renowned gold course designer, Ross is considered by many to be the “Michelangelo” of golf. Just as the brilliant sculptor let his chisel discover the uniqueness of each piece of marble, Ross let the uniqueness of each piece of property to its location determine his design. “Make your holes fits your course,” he would say.
A Scot by birth in 1872, Ross honed his skills at St. Andrews under the tutelage of golf founding father, Old Tom Morris. He would go on to win assorted stateside Opens, including fifth in the 1903 U.S. Open, before leaving the links to design some of golf’s most memorable courses.
Ross came to America wooed by a golf pro job at a country club near Boston. The following summer, James Tufts, founder of Pinehurst, brought him to North Carolina as club pro. Ross continued to juggle his teaching/playing career between Boston and Pinehurst until Tufts, recognizing his talent as a golf course architect, commissioned Ross to design Pinehurst’s first four golf courses. Before his death in 1948, Donald Ross would design or re-design some 600 golf courses, including the redesign of the 18-hole course at Camden.
The registration fee for the tournament is $85 per player and $350 per team of four made payable by cash, check or credit card and includes a light lunch and the Awards Dinner. Two Mulligans (max per player) are $5 and $1 tickets will be available for an assortment of raffle items. Of importance, this year’s tournament will celebrate the life of Teddy Elliot, a devoted FFTS volunteer and golfer.
The club is located at 111 Knights Hill Road in Camden. For information regarding the golf tournament, contact Kim Gill (803) 427-2281 or e-mail FFTSGolf2019@gmail.com.
All proceeds from the seventh annual FFTS Golf Tournament will benefit Food for the Soul, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a faith-based Christian mission to provide food, shelter and hope for those in need in Kershaw County. FFTS, 110-A East DeKalb St. in Camden, depends primarily upon local generosity for funding and in-kind gifts.
The shelter serves free breakfasts/lunches four days a week (24,348 meals in 2018) and nightly provides lodging from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. (104 individuals totaling 5,023 nights in 2018). For more information call (803) 432-4771, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit its website at www.foodforthesoul.com.