Sacred Heart Charity Golf Classic April 23, 2012

April 13, 2012 by SoWal Staff

Ready to tee off? Register now to play in the 2012 Sacred Heart Charity Golf Classic on Monday, April 23 at Burnt Pine Golf Club at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Proceeds from the 11th Charity Golf Classic will support the new Sacred Heart Cancer Center and future cancer services expansions for the Emerald Coast.

The Sacred Heart Charity Golf Classic has become the signature fund raising event for Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Its success is a direct result of the time, talent and resources of many leaders in our community. Since its inception in 2002, this annual golf classic has raised more than $2.3 million for Sacred Heart, ensuring access to high quality, compassionate healthcare close to home.

The Charity Classic demonstrates a true team effort between strategic partners, such as Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Burnt Pine Golf Club, Howard Group, Grand Boulevard, Silver Sands Factory Stores, St. Joe Company, Troon Golf and, not to mention help from more than 100 dedicated volunteers since 2002.  The tournament has supported a variety of areas at the hospital, including the surgery department, Olson Women’s Diagnostic Center, Family Birth Place, ICU, preoperative nurse station and the new Judy & Steve Turner Heart and Vascular Center set to open in spring 2012.

Originally organized by a few Sandestin homeowners, the tournament quickly grew into an event for the entire community. Tournament chairs for the past 10 years include Phil Hummel (’02), Jack McGill (’03), Charlie White (’04), Peter Burke (’05), Phil Spizale (’06), Mike Vorst (’07), Joe Ausley (’08 and ‘11), Joe Zito (’09), and Chris Kelleher (’10). Leading the charge this year are Mike Beam and Joe Ausley.

The 2012 golf tournament will include an exciting format change. This year, local golf pros will be competing against one another while also playing with the registered foursomes. This new format will up the competition and excitement, while enabling players to interact with local pros. Player entry fees range from $1,250 for individual golfers to $5,000 for each foursome. Sponsorship levels range from a $1,000 Hole Sponsor to the $25,000 Eagle Sponsor. For additional tournament information, click the Charity Classic logo at, or contact the Sacred Heart Foundation at (850) 278-3700 or

About the Sacred Heart Cancer Center
Located in the Mack Bayou Center in Santa Rosa Beach, the new center will provide outpatient treatment services and offices for cancer specialists. With 12 semi-private chemotherapy infusion chairs, two private chemotherapy infusion beds, six patient exam rooms and an infusion pharmacy, the new center will enable Sacred heart to provide quality service, comfort, privacy, convenience and safety to our patients. The new building has twice the space of the existing offices located in the Medical Office Building adjacent to the hospital.  The Cancer Center will occupy the first floor of the new building and is expected to open in early 2012. Any monies raised exceeding the initial campaign goal will go toward future Emerald Coast cancer services expansions. 


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