Nine-year NBA guard and Myrtle Beach High graduate Ramon Sessions is hosting a charity golf tournament in Myrtle Beach on June 25 for the fifth consecutive year, and third straight year at River Oaks Golf Club.
The four-person team captain’s choice tournament costs $50 per player and proceeds will benefit Myrtle Beach High athletics.
“I realized how popular golf was in Myrtle Beach, and I got into it and thought it would be fun if I put on a golf tournament,” Sessions said. “I do things for the kids, and this would be something for the golfers to come out and give back to the school.”
The tournament attracted 156 players last year. It has a 9 a.m. shotgun start and includes an 8 a.m. registration and breakfast, lunch, awards, gift bag, skills contests and raffle. Sessions participates and hands out awards. Donations are tax deductible.
It was one of those things where after the season I thought about what I could do that was relaxing but was still challenging. I hit one or two shots the right way and fell in love with it, and I’m still trying to figure it out.
Sessions said he took up golf about six years ago and plays an average of a few days a week during his offseason from May into October. He lives in Atlanta and regularly plays at several courses there, and though he doesn’t keep a handicap he figures he’s about a 15.
“It was one of those things where after the season I thought about what I could do that was relaxing but was still challenging,” Sessions said. “I hit one or two shots the right way and fell in love with it, and I’m still trying to figure it out.”
Sessions, who is a free agent this summer, said he hopes to expand the tournament as early as next year, possibly by adding a second day or hosting a dinner the night before that would include a fundraising auction.
The golf tournament is one of a few things Sessions regularly does to benefit community members. This past weekend he held his eighth annual block party and cookout in the Racepath community in which he was raised, complete with a cookout in his backyard, bowling tournament at a rented bowling alley and softball game.
He’ll also be hosting his annual basketball camp in late June, he gives away turkeys at Thanksgiving and he held a toy drive this past December.