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June 22, 2013

Celebrity event continues to grow in 2013

DUNCAN —

A star-studded playing field, ideal golf conditions and down to the wire competition, all in the name of a cause to improve the lives of others.
It was a new year for the fourth annual Celebrity Pancreatic Cancer Golf Tournament, but the experience for its players remained memorable as in  years past. 
“You hope that everyone has a good time, and just talking to people today, it seemed like everyone really enjoyed themselves ,” event organizer Jim Edwards, a survivor of pancreatic cancer, said. “It’s great to see the same guys continue to come back. And it’s not just to meet the celebrities, it’s the chances to help make a difference, which is the best part about all of this.”
The event, which uses all the funds raised to help families of those with cancer promote hope and awareness for all cancer victims, raised between $25,000 and $30,000 – an increase in funds raised for the fourth straight year.
Along with the money raised for its cause, the event also gave out six scholarships to future college students.
Making the trip to Duncan were Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winners Steve Owens and Billy Sims, former Texas Tech star quarterback Graham Harrell, previous Oklahoma All-American Rufus Alexander, former lieutenant governor Jari Askins and and a handful of other OU and OSU All-American players.
“It’s encouraging because you see the celebrities want to come back every year,” Edwards said. “Many of them have been affected by cancer in some way and see this as an opportunity to give back and help with our cause.”
By the end of the 18th hole, the team of Jimme Dedman, Jacob Robertson and Bryce Hooper had claimed the tournament title, shooting a 53 to take first.
Finishing just one stroke the winning group was the runner up team of Jeff Johnson, Steven Root, Kary Covington and Matt Grantham. Todd Mikel, Brent Bostick, Jeff Jones and Mike Latham rounded out the top three, shooting a 57.

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