April 15, 2021
Lucas Glover, 2009 U.S. Open champion and three-time winner on the PGA Tour, has created a campaign to raise funds and help revitalize Sergeant Jasper Golf Club, a historic nine-hole course that was acquired by Congraree Foundation earlier this year.
Sergeant Jasper is an extension of Congaree Foundation’s mission to positively impact the lives of young people through the game of golf. Congaree Foundation will provide access to the club for local high school golf teams who will utilize Sergeant Jasper as their home course. In addition to expanding access to the game for students, the course will provide an affordable option for other Lowcountry residents and create jobs that provide an opportunity for individuals to learn new skills to equip them for careers in the region’s booming golf industry.
The campaign, dubbed #rechargethesarge by Glover on Instagram, will see Glover donate $100 for every birdie he makes this week at the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, SC. He will donate $500 for every eagle he makes.
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Davis Love III, two-time U.S. Ryder Cup captain and 21-time winner on the PGA Tour, and J.T. Poston, winner of the 2019 Wyndham Championship, are among other tour professionals who are participating.
“As an Ambassador of Congaree, and someone who is passionate about providing access to the game of golf, the efforts to help and maintain The Sarge are something that are near and dear to my heart,” Glover said. “I’m committed to putting my full energy and support behind it.”
Founded in the late 1960s, Sergeant Jasper Country Club was a world-class 18-hole facility that once hosted the likes of Jack Nicklaus. But through the years, the crowds decreased and the course was downsized to just nine holes.
Congaree Foundation acquired the facility and it reopened March 2, 2021. The Sarge quickly has become home to three local high school teams that play at no cost and access to the course will offer an opportunity for other area high schools to create new boys and girls golf programs. The club also plans to host events for the local First Tee chapter.
Since its inception in 2016, Congaree Foundation’s efforts to improve lives through golf stretch well beyond the Lowcountry. In partnership with the award-winning Congaree Golf Club, the Foundation hosts underserved and ambitious high school students for the Congaree Global Golf Initiative. Students from across the globe participate in an intensive, weeklong camp that provides golf instruction and college admission prep. The Foundation also supports youth golf instruction for area high school students, supports the Lowcountry Food Bank, and has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Jasper County to launch a job readiness and career development program for area teens..
Congaree Golf Club, a Tom Fazio-design which opened in 2017 is also located in Ridgeland, South Carolina, about 30 minutes north of Savannah, Georgia. It will host the PGA Tour’s Palmetto Championship on June 10-13, 2021, the week before the U.S. Open.