Tournament raises $45,000 for prostate cancer research

Horry County, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A golf tournament and gala aimed at raising money for prostate cancer research netted more than $45,000 in donations this weekend.

Proceeds from the 3rd annual Know Your Score Links and Laughs Golf Tournament, held at the Long Bay Club and Kingston Plantation, raised funds for ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer.

"We could not have asked for a better weekend," said Heath Carter, director of new market development for Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. "We could not do it without all of the players, sponsors and celebrities who gave of their time to support such a great cause. Our goal is to end prostate cancer in our lifetime and we are one step closer to that after this weekend."

A number of celebrities hit the Grand Strand to participate in the annual tournament, including NFL's Sterling Sharpe, former MLB player Tony Womack, former Boston Celtic and 11-time NBA champion Sam Jones and heavyweight boxing champ James "Bonecrusher" Smith.

The evening events at Kingston Plantation featured a silent auction, raffle prizes for extravagant prizes including an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa and an entertaining comedy show. The comedy show featured the talents of comics Karen Mills, Daniel Forestier and Bobby Collins.

Saturday's captain's choice format golf tournament was won by the team from Fuel Interactive with a score of 19-under. The Myrtle Beach Golf Course Owners Association finished second and Atlantic Golf Promotions broke a tie for third place by winning a scorecard playoff.

Since April of 2008, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday has joined forces with ZERO and supported the annual campaign to fight prostate cancer. The Know Your Score campaign slogan refers to the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test given to men 50 years of age or older to help detect prostate cancer.

A low score on the PSA test is good news and is the best screening tool currently available when used with the physical prostate exam, according to ZERO.

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