Strand Notebook | Long-running golf tournament returns Aug. 23 to Myrtle Beach

Strand NotebookJune 25, 2014 

The Mark Sloan Cancer Memorial Golf Tournament is billed as the “longest standing golf event” in the area.

The 30th annual tournament, presented by The Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors, is on Aug. 23 at River Oaks Golf Plantation, and organizers are hoping that past participants and new ones will be there.

They are also looking for donations of prizes, which will be given out throughout the day.

The tournament is in memory of Sloan and other members, affiliate members and loved ones who have lost their lives to cancer.

Mark Sloan was only 30 when melanoma took his life.

Since the tournament started, more than $500,000 has been donated to cancer research.

The CCAR also donated a room in a facility near the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston where people can stay while their loved one is in the hospital there, and has done other things to help. Proceeds from the tournament will go to cancer research and to the Realtors Assistance Trust Fund, which assists members and affiliate members struggling with medical problems.

One of the latest to be assisted by that fund is a single mother and Realtor battling cancer.

Randy Wallace of Myrtle Beach, the director of Keller-Williams Real Estate’s New Homes Division, was one of the founders of the Mark Sloan Cancer Memorial Golf Tournament.

Wallace grew up with Sloan in Marion. He was the quarterback on the Marion High School football team, and Sloan was the center. They were good friends.

At the beginning of their sophomore year, Sloan’s family moved to Myrtle Beach, where his father, the late Dave Sloan, started a real estate business.

Mark graduated from Socastee High School in 1972. At 18, he got his realtor’s license and worked with his father. He was active in the association and his community.

Wallace moved to Myrtle Beach in 1977 after graduating from college, and he and Mark continued their close friendship.

“Dave and Mark were the only people I knew here,” he said. “They were both my mentors.”

Mark and his wife, June, had a daughter, Frances, who was a toddler when he died. June later married Allen Foxworth, Mark’s cousin and friend, and together, they raised Frances, who is now married, has two children and lives in Mt. Pleasant.

The Sloan family’s dedication to the real estate industry is continued by Mark Sloan’s nephew, Blake Sloan, who also continues to support the golf tournament. He is founder and president of the International Association of Real Estate Experts, the Real Estate Experts Institute and the Sloan Realty Group.

The tournament begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. The cost is $85 per person and $300 for foursomes.

The entry fee includes breakfast, lunch, a post tournament party and beverages on the course. The winning team will receive an engraved crystal decanter set.

To donate prizes, sign-up for the tournament or for more information, call Christi Farmer at 839-8071 or email

Contact PEGGY MISHOE at or 365-3885.

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