The Duncan Banner

June 10, 2013

Celebs to compete in annual golf tourney

Sean Gorman
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Heisman Trophy winners, more than a dozen former Oklahoma and Oklahoma State football players and Super Bowl champions.

It won’t be an every day crowd playing Friday, June 21 at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.

For the fourth straight year, Duncan will host the annual Celebrity Pancreatic Cancer Golf Tournament, with Heisman winners Steve Owens, Billy Sims and Jason White headlining a group of former Sooners and Cowboys football stars in the field.

“It’s an event where everyone has a great time, and the celebrities we bring are always available and very accessible,” tournament organizer Jim Edwards said. “I feel like the people that come to the tournament aren’t here to just play golf or meet the celebrities. They’re hear to help us raise funds for this great cause.”

Also competing will be Marlow resident and former OSU standout Terry Brown, Duncan resident and former leituenant governor Jari Askins, former Texas Tech star quarterback Graham Harrell, Oklahoma director of football operations Merv Johnson, numerous former football All-Americans.

The funds raised from this year’s tournament will go to help with travel expenses for physician visits and pay for lodging and meals for those caring for loved ones with cancer in the hospital while providing awareness of pancreatic cancer.

Also included will be a $1,000 college scholarship awarded to a graduating Duncan High School senior who has been affected by cancer in some way.

The money will go to a fund at Duncan Regional Hospital, which will help distribute the funds.

Twenty nine teams are currently scheduled to play in the four-man scramble. Each team will consist of groups of three golfers who have signed up and one celebrity golfer.

An entry fee of $250 per player will include lunch, dinner, awards and gift prizes.

Edwards, a survivor of pancreatic cancer, and his wife Mary Jayne first came up with the idea to host a golf tournament with the cause and presented it to a pancreatic cancer support group in Oklahoma City. After seeing an overwhelming positive response, Edwards knew it was meant to be.

“Anyone who has been through pancreatic cancer, more than anything they want to know what they can do to help,” Edwards said. “It’s always a good feeling to help others, and that’s what people at this tournament will get.”

Having a group of celebrities at the tournament has helped the event grow, Edwards said.

“People will just perk up and really pay attention when they hear some of the names of the people coming,” Edwards said. “It makes a difference that we have these celebrities so committed to helping us with this cause.”

For more information, contact Jim Edwards at (580)-656-1216 or jjedwards3131@hotmail.com.