Monday, July 26, 2010

SC Golfers Help Fight Prostate Cancer

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and the Know Your Score campaign presented a check for $21,477 to ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer campaign on Monday in North Myrtle Beach. The funds were raised during a spring “Closest to the Pin” contest at nearly 30 Myrtle Beach area golf courses. Pictured from left to right: Skip Lockwood, CEO, ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer; Bill Golden, president, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday; Mark Dente and colleague, Atlantic Golf Promotions; Jim Huber, national spokesperson, Know Your Score; and Mitch Laurance, actor, prostate cancer survivor.



MYRTLE BEACH GOLFERS RESPONSIBLE FOR DONATION OF MORE THAN $21,000 TO FIGHT PROSTATE CANCER

Spring Know Your Score Promotion Allows Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday to Donate Funds to ZERO – the Project to End Prostate Cancer

July 26, 2010, North Myrtle Beach, S.C. – During a ceremony at Martin’s PGA Tour Superstore in North Myrtle Beach earlier today, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s Know Your Score campaign donated $21,477 to benefit the national prostate cancer organization, ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer. This spring the campaign raised the money with “Closest to the Pin” contests at more than 25 Myrtle Beach area golf courses.

“For three years, we have worked to raise awareness and to help fight prostate cancer through the Know Your Score campaign,” said Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. “With the spring event and our upcoming ‘Links and Laughs’ golf tournament and gala in August, we hope to raise a total of $70,000 for Know Your Score. Thank you to all the golfers in Myrtle Beach who participated in the ‘Closest to the Pin’ fundraiser and joined in the fight against prostate cancer.”

The Myrtle Beach area golf courses that participated in the weekly contests included King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, Glen Dornoch, Willbrook Plantation, Founders Club, Rivers Edge and numerous others along the Grand Strand. Participating golf courses set up one par three hole for the closest to the pin contest each week. For $10, golfers were allowed one shot to win the weekly grand prize. If a shot was the closest to the pin that day, that golfer won a new driver or putter from Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. Each golfer participating in the contest received a sleeve of golf balls, and any golfer scoring a hole-in-one won $1,000. No golfer was able to score an ace at any of the participating golf courses during the promotion.

The contests were administered by Atlantic Golf Promotions to ensure the fairness and accuracy of the weekly results, and Atlantic assisted in raising money for the Know Your Score: Fight Prostate Cancer campaign.

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.

“Each year, we are amazed at the generosity of the Myrtle Beach golf community,” said Skip Lockwood, CEO of ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer. “Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday has been the driving force behind the Know Your Score: Fight Prostate Cancer campaign and we couldn’t be happier with their efforts in assisting us in the fight to find a cure for prostate cancer.”

This year, award-winning journalist and television personality, Jim Huber, has been serving as the 2010 national spokesman of the Know Your Score: Fight Prostate Cancer campaign. Huber has been spreading awareness about prostate cancer research and the importance of regular screening through national and regional interviews, and will be participating in Myrtle Beach’s Know Your Score Links & Laughs Celebrity Golf Tournament and Gala in August.

With the support of the entire Myrtle Beach golf community, more than $200,000 has been raised over the last three years for prostate cancer research through closest-to-the-pin contests at area golf courses, a golf tournament and silent auction and fundraisers previously held at the GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship.

Monday’s ceremony was staged adjacent to ZERO’s 40-foot “Drive Against Prostate Cancer Mobile Screening Clinic” which offered free prostate cancer screenings at Martin’s PGA Tour Superstore for all men. The mobile RV has visited Myrtle Beach three times since 2008 and has provided free prostate screens for hundreds of men which would normally cost $200 in a doctor’s office.

For more information about Know Your Score, or to learn more and sign up to participate in the Know Your Score Links & Laughs Celebrity Tournament and Gala, visit KnowYourScoreMB.com or call 1-800-833-8798.

About ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer
Zero prostate cancer deaths. Zero prostate cancer cases and for those with prostate cancer it means a zero PSA. The name conveys what ZERO stands for – zero tolerance for prostate cancer.

ZERO is committed not only to reducing prostate cancer or alleviating the pain from the disease but to end it. ZERO set a goal that all men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer will be cured or manage their illness with good quality of life, with the support they need to minimize physical and emotional suffering and to cope effectively throughout their cancer journeys. To accomplish this goal, ZERO provides comprehensive treatment information to patients, education to those at risk and conduct more free screenings than ever before. Zero increases research funds from the federal government to find new treatments and assist in the funding for research in the pursuit of a better test for the disease. For more information about ZERO, visit
FightProstateCancer.org.



KNOW YOUR SCORE LINKS & LAUGHS GOLF TOURNAMENT AND GALA SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 28 AT LONG BAY CLUB

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer Preparing to Stage Third Annual Celebrity Golf and Comedy Show Event

July 26, 2010, North Myrtle Beach, S.C. – The 3rd annual Know Your Score Links & Laughs Golf Tournament and Gala is scheduled for August 28 at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Long Bay Club in North Myrtle Beach. Proceeds from the event will benefit ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer. This year, the event will also include a comedy night and live auction at Kingston Plantation. Those interested in purchasing team or individual golf tickets, sponsorships or tickets to the comedy show and gala should visit KnowYourScoreMB.com.

Four person teams for the celebrity golf event can be purchased for $800 which also includes eight tickets to the Saturday night comedy show and live auction. Individual tickets to participate in the golf event can be purchased for $100 each. Individual tickets to the comedy show can also be purchased for $100.

Raffle tickets are also available to purchase for 13 extravagant prizes including an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa including a safari experience. Raffle tickets are $150 each and will be limited to the first 350 people purchasing them. Some of the other prizes include a Steelers football weekend in Pittsburgh, two entries into the ESPN Radio “Mike & Mike Show” celebrity golf tournament featuring hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, four tickets to attend the PGA Tour Championship and an all-sports weekend in New York City including tickets to a Yankees versus Boston Red Sox baseball game and an NFL game between the Jets and Baltimore Ravens, among many others.

“The Know Your Score Links and Laughs Golf Tournament and Gala is an event we highlight on the calendar every year,” said Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. “From the golf to the comedy show to the amazing raffle prizes we have this year, it promises to be an incredible day of fun and evening of entertainment. The celebrities that participate are so giving and generous with their time and we ultimately do it all to raise money for the Know Your Score campaign, so we can assist in the fight to find a cure for prostate cancer.”

Emmy award-winning essayist and commentator for Turner Sports, Jim Huber, is the 2010 national spokesperson for the Know Your Score Fight Prostate Cancer campaign. Huber has been spreading awareness about prostate cancer research and the importance of regular screening through national and regional interviews, and will serve as host for this high-profile event. The golf tournament is expected to attract some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment.

“I am honored to serve as the national spokesperson for such a worthy cause,” said Huber. “The Myrtle Beach community has been enormously supportive of the Know Your Score Fight Prostate Cancer campaign. My link to the disease comes through my father who was diagnosed, but survived. So, I personally know the importance of ‘knowing your score.’”

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.

So far this year, more than $21,000 has been raised by the Know Your Score campaign to benefit ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer. The Links & Laughs Know Your Score Golf Tournament and Gala is expected to raise more funds to allow the overall goal of $70,000 for the year to be achieved.

For more information about Know Your Score, or to participate in the Know Your Score Links & Laughs Celebrity Tournament and Gala, visit KnowYourScoreMB.com or call 1-800-833-8798.

About ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer
Zero prostate cancer deaths. Zero prostate cancer cases and for those with prostate cancer it means a zero PSA. The name conveys what ZERO stands for – zero tolerance for prostate cancer.

ZERO is committed not only to reducing prostate cancer or alleviating the pain from the disease but to end it. ZERO set a goal that all men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer will be cured or manage their illness with good quality of life, with the support they need to minimize physical and emotional suffering and to cope effectively throughout their cancer journeys. To accomplish this goal, ZERO provides comprehensive treatment information to patients, education to those at risk and conduct more free screenings than ever before. Zero increases research funds from the federal government to find new treatments and assist in the funding for research in the pursuit of a better test for the disease. For more information about ZERO, visit FightProstateCancer.org.

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