Wednesday, March 5, 2014
South Carolina golfers ages 8 to 18 took to the greens of Summerville Country Club Feb. 22 for the first annual 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 event will be donated to the Palmetto Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and be used to provide scholarships to Camp Adam Fisher, the Carolinas’ largest summer camp for children with diabetes.
Event coordinator Susie Wimberly says 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,” Wimberly said. “JDRF is on the brink of making some amazing discoveries that will not cure T1D, but will certainly make living life with it easier.
“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 how 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.”
The tournament hosted more than 90 junior golfers from all over the state.
Zachary Herold and Chandler Walters both finished with a score of 74.
Herold, a Lexington golfer, took home the Boys 13-18 prize after winning a chip off. Colin Frazier came in at 75 to claim third place for the division.
Jake Snelgrove finished at 46 to win the Boys 11-12 Division. Davis Wood finished at 49 to claim runner-up honors for the division, and Joseph Evans placed third with a 52.
Elijah Fesperman finished with a score of 40 to win the Boys 7-10 Division.
Benjamin Patrick and Sam McMillan both carded a 49 to tie for runner-up honors in the division. William Wimberley carded a 56 to place seventh in the division.
For the ladies, Reona Hirai of Summerville played an impressive 18 holes to finish with a score of 73 to win the Girls 13-18 Division. Hannah Fesperman carded an 88 to place second in the division and Grace Zoller placed third with an 89.
Telie McCoy finished at 51 to win the Girls 11-12 Division.
Ella Drew Dodd finished at 43 to win the Girls 7-10 Division. Lillian Stackhouse placed second in the division with a 57 and Sofia Barbaro placed third with a 62.
More than 32 sponsors, including Costco, Wendy’s, and Summerville Medical Center, donated $250 to $3,000 each to help the first annual T1D Tee Off raise more than $10,000. The funds will go to a specific research project currently being funded by JDRF and to provide two scholarships for this summer’s Camp Adam Fisher.
Next year’s T1D Tee Off is scheduled for Feb. 28.
To learn more about Team William or T1D (Type 1 Diabetes) visit www.teamwilliamT1D.com.