Junior golf tourney supports diabetes awareness

  • Thursday, March 13, 2014

Junior golfers took to the course at the first Team William T1D Tee Off for Diabetes. PROVIDED

South Carolina junior golfers ages 8-18 took to the greens of Summerville Country Club on Saturday, February 22 for the first Team William T1D Tee Off for Diabetes. The junior golf tournament, endorsed by the South Carolina Junior Golf Association as a ranking tournament, was created to bring awareness and education about Type 1, or juvenile diabetes. Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the the Palmetto Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and provide scholarships to Camp Adam Fisher, the Carolinas' largest summer camp for children with diabetes.

Event coordinator and mother, Susie Wimberly, says that the idea for the Team William T1D Tee Off began after her son William, age 8 (diagnosed at age 3), suffered a hypoglycemic seizure while on a family vacation late last summer.

“I decided right then I needed to do more. JDRF is on the brink of making some amazing discoveries that will not cure T1D, but will certainly make living life with it easier,” said Wimberly. “I want to be a part of helping that happen. William's diabetes makes our entire family healthier; we pay more attention to when and what we eat and much we exercise we exert. William now wears a CGM (continuous glucose monitor), that tells him what is blood glucose level is and how it is trending. Golf is his favorite sport and ideal because it allows him time to check and adjust his blood glucose levels while playing.”

More than 32 sponsors, including Costco, Wendy's and Summerville Medical Center, donated $250-$3000 each and in-kind, helping the first T1D Tee Off raise more than $10,000. The money will go directly to a specific research project currently being funded by JDRF and provide two camp scholarships for this summer at Camp Adam Fisher. The tournament hosted more than 90 junior golfers from all over the state, 12 from Mount Pleasant. After a tie-breaking chip off, Zachary Herold of Lexington played an impressive 18 holes to take home the boys 13-18 age group prize by shooting a 74, and for the ladies, Reona Hirai of Summerville, won with a score of 73. Mount Pleasant youth players faired exceptionally well. In the boys 11-12 age group, Jake Snelgrove and Davis Wood placed first and second respectively with scores of 46 and 49. And in the 7-10 age group, Mount Pleasant's Ella Drew Dodd won 1st place in the girls Division with a score of 43 and Sam McMillan and Ben Patrick tied for second with scores of 49 each. In all, it was a gorgeous day of making new friends and supporting a great cause on the golf course.

Please save the date for next year's T1D Tee Off, Saturday, February 28, 2015. To learn more about Team William or T1D (Type 1 Diabetes), visit www.teamwilliamt1d.com.

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