Ervin “Blue Print” Parker of Georgetown is calling on his former college football and NFL brethren to make a celebrity tournament that will benefit his local leadership academy a success.
Former South Carolina State coach Willie Jeffries, Hall of Fame offensive lineman Joe DeLamielleure and former South Carolina Heisman Trophy-winning running back George Rogers are scheduled to participate in the Blue Print Leadership Academy Celebrity Golf Tournament on Feb. 16 at Pawleys Plantation.
Others scheduled to take part include former defensive end Jim Stuckey, running backs Joe Cribbs and Benny Snipe, wide receivers Charlie Brown and Perry Tuttle, defensive backs Terry Kinard, Donnell Woolford and Rod Smith, linebacker Keith Williams, tight end Willie Scott, and former heavyweight boxing champion James “Bonecrusher” Smith.
“We have some more big names, and as we get closer we’ll start adding more people,” Parker said.
There will be opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m., a shotgun start at 11 a.m., meet and greet from 5:30-6 p.m. and gala dinner featuring live music at 6:15 p.m.
The tournament is $250 per player and several playing sponsorship packages are available. Separate gala tickets are $100 and include the meet and greet.
Parker played for Jeffries at S.C. State and was a linebacker for the Buffalo Bills. He is using his connections to both get celebrity participants and secure silent auction items.
Live and silent auctions are part of the event and will feature several NFL weekend packages including games, flights, lodging, meals and transportation to cities possibly including Denver, San Francisco, Dallas, Miami, Houston, Seattle, Washington and Chicago.
It has not been determined if the tournament will be open to spectators. Parker is looking for prospective volunteers, participants and sponsors who can all visit www.blueprintleadership.org, call 843-545-8861 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Blue Print academy has three locations – at McDonald Elementary in Georgetown, Plantersville Elementary and Kensington Elementary – and is headquartered at the Georgetown School District building on Church Street in Georgetown.
The academy primarily offers a tutoring program, but it also has partners that provide instruction in other valuable areas.
Vivian Johnson teaches etiquette, Cpl. R.K. Patterson with the Georgetown Sheriff’s department discusses gang and bullying prevention, Boeing test pilot engineer Dan Drost offers aviation instruction and flights, The Studio of Dance & Winyah Fitness Center offers instruction in nutrition and fitness, and beginning French and Spanish language classes are taught.
Parker founded the academy, which is seeking a director, in 2002 and had a celebrity golf tournament at Pawleys Plantation within a year to help raise funds.
He hasn’t had a fundraising tournament in several years but intends to make the celebrity event an annual happening.
Parker said the academy spent more than $30,000 for nutritional and hot meals for its students and more than $15,000 in transportation, and the educational grants the academy receives have been cut in each of the past two years.
“We need to raise more money because our grants are being cut,” Parker said. “We want to have a summer enrichment program and this year we just couldn’t afford it. When your grants are being cut you need support.”
The winning side
Dustin Johnson wasn’t the only Coastal Carolina alumnus on a team participating in the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club this past weekend.
While Johnson competed for the United States team, Alex Larrazabal of Spain, who attended CCU and played golf there for two seasons from 2000-02, is the European team captain Jose Maria Olazabal’s caddie and served as the assistant caddie captain for the victorious European team.
It’s the same position Love’s caddie, Jeff Weber, held for the U.S. team and Weber was forced into action when Johnson’s caddie, Bobby Brown, couldn’t participate because of a herniated disk in his lower back.
As the Ryder Cup ended, Larrazabal, the 2002 British Amateur, was wrapped in a Spanish flag on the 18th green, hugging the European Tour players and coaches with a seemingly permanent wide smile on his face.
“[Sunday] was the best day of my life,” Larrazabal said. “Even more exciting than when I won the British Amateur, there’s not even a comparison. It was unbelievable. I’m so happy for the captain and these guys. They fought like tigers.”
Larrazabal played in 22 tournaments at CCU and had a scoring average of 75, four rounds in the 60s with a low round of 68, and a top finish of third. He won the British Amateur in June 2002 – less than a month after his final match at CCU – giving him entry into the 2002 British Open, 2002 U.S. Amateur and 2003 Masters Tournament.
He was a was a two-time Spanish Junior champion and played for Spain in the World Amateur Team Championships.
Larrazabal stopped attempting to play professional golf a few years ago and has been Olazabal’s caddie for the past two years on the European Tour. He’s unsure of his future plans.
“I have no idea what I’m going to do,” Larrazabal said. “I have no idea if I’m going to keep caddying or what I’m going to do.”
It’s never too early to begin planning, and volunteer applications for the 2014 U.S. Open championships in Pinehurst, N.C., are already being accepted.
The U.S. Open is scheduled for June 12-15 and the U.S. Women’s Open is June 19-22, and both championships will be played at Pinehurst No. 2.
Approximately 7,000 volunteers will be needed to fill positions on 18 committees, including corporate hospitality, leaderboards, marshals and merchandise. Volunteers can choose from three volunteer options, and each volunteer shift will last 5-6 hours. Volunteers may choose from:
Option One – Five-Shift Minimum: Three shifts will be scheduled during the U.S. Open and two shifts will be scheduled during the U.S. Women’s Open.
Option Two – Four-Shift Minimum: Three shifts will be scheduled during the U.S. Open and one shift will be scheduled during the U.S. Women’s Open.
Option Three – Four shifts will be scheduled during only the U.S. Open or U.S. Women’s Open.
All volunteers are required to purchase the volunteer package for $175. It consists of two golf shirts, one jacket and one piece of headwear. Volunteer positions will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Gonzalo Martinez of Myrtle Beach via Mexico City shot a 5-under-par 139 to win the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s Myrtle Beach Junior Challenge at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club’s West Course this past weekend.
The event had 50 players in four age and gender divisions. Three Myrtle Beach juniors tied for third behind Martinez in the boys 15-18 division. Gustavo Arizpe, Emilio Flores and Anthony Gardner each shot 2-under 142.
In the boys 11-14 division, Kohler Karavan of Myrtle Beach finished second at 144 and Vijay Mishra of North Myrtle Beach finished third at 149. In the girls 15-18 division, Cameron Crutchfield of Myrtle Beach finished third at 176. In the girls 11-14 division, Madison Elliot of North Myrtle Beach won with a 161 and Miranda Russell of Myrtle Beach was second at 181.
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