Dataw Island hosts the eighth annual Veterans Purple Heart Golf Classic
11 Nov 2015
Vets at Dataw Island Golf Club
Vets at Dataw Island Golf Club

Dataw Island, SC – The Veteran’s Purple Heart Golf Classic began at Dataw Island this morning with a field of 200 supporters and 30 wounded veterans from all across the U.S.

In the past, this Dataw Island tournament raised over $130,000 for veteran charity organizations, which include the OnCourse Foundation, the Folds of Honor Foundation, the National Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Wounded Warrior Project. The tournament was started with the help of Dataw Island resident and retired U.S. Army COL. Glenn Blackburn, a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

“I am blown away by all the support given by this community (Dataw Island).” Blackburn said. “It is wonderful to see people embrace this event and this wonderful charity. I feel humbled to be a part of it and to have been able to watch it grow.”

Members of the U.S. Simpson Cup team and the OnCourse Foundation came to show their support today and play a round of golf while raising money for the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides educational scholarships for dependents of those killed or injured in the service.

Michael Lacy, representing the OnCourse Foundation said, “Dataw Island is our home away from home. Thank you for allowing us to come out and for welcoming us so completely. You are helping people to become whole again.”

As part of Dataw’s Veteran’s week celebrations, Dataw’s Assistant Golf Professional and USA Simpson Cup Team coach, Chris Fearn hosted a golf marathon yesterday to raise funds for the Green Beret Foundation. This foundation works to provide direct and continuous support to the Green Beret Community and its families. After a long rainy day, Fearn played 156 holes of golf and raised over $16,000 for the charity.

Women’s Division: With a score of 54.9 we congratulate Stacey Zelten, Ann Gibbs, Carol Baxter and Rebecca McCann

Men’s Division: With a score of 48.3 we congratulate Glenn Blackburn, Steve Ogletree, Dave Bagby and Tim Morrissey


Dataw Island is a gated golf community fifteen minutes outside of downtown Beaufort. The island features two recently renovated Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills golf courses, a tennis center, a Community Center with workout /massage facilities, two restaurants and croquet lawns. The community has also been ranked the number one best retirement destination in South Carolina for the past six months of 2015 by www.bestretirementdestinations.com.

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