BEAUFORT, S.C. (Sept. 12, 2014) — Friday at 8:46am, Bruce Devlin and a group of golfers affiliated with Secession Golf Club and the Devlin tournament paid tribute to those who perished in the September 11 attacks by hitting golf balls simultaneously onto the course. Two members of Secession Golf Club, Jeffrey LeVeen and Stephen Roach, perished in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks so the fact that Devlin tournament week this year begins on 9/11 is especially poignant.
The Devlin tournament raises money for the First Tee of Ft. Worth, Texas, as well as the LeVeen-Roach Scholarship fund of Secession Golf Club. The latter, according to it’s mission, “was created to remember [Jeff and Stephen's] love for golf and commitment to Secession by funding the higher education ambitions of students who display academic potential, share a connection to the game of golf and to the Beaufort, SC, area, and demonstrate financial need.”
After experiencing Secession for the first time today, it’s easy to see why Mssrs. LeVeen and Roach were so fond of the club, and their fellow members. Secession has a true national membership where countless friendships have undoubtedly been forged. Secession’s Bruce Devlin-designed layout is fairly forgiving off the tee, but with enough length to require precision mid-iron shots into several of the par 4s, and a closing stretch of holes that includes an island green less than half the size of the TPC at Sawgrass (No 17) and a dogleg left par-4 18th that has water guarding the entire left side — weather it’s high tide or low tide you don’t want to be there.
Two man teams from around the country begin play in the 54-hole tournament on Friday. The first two rounds are best ball, with a final round of two-man aggregate. There are two divisions – the Canon and Saber. Players stay on site and take caddies on the walking only course. To view pairings, click on the link above.