August 09, 2021
Former PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour player Michael Sims recently joined efforts to #rechargethesarge by walking and playing 108 holes in one day to benefit Sergeant Jasper Golf Club, raising over $7,000 from his efforts.
Ongoing support for Sergeant Jasper from players at all levels of the game has underscored the role that the Congaree Foundation continues to play in the golf community – both locally and around the globe.
The #rechargethesarge campaign was initiated by former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, a Congaree Professional Ambassador who played the course in April with fellow PGA TOUR stars JT Poston and Davis Love III. These players, alongside Stewart Cink, Harold Varner III and others pledged to donate for every birdie and eagle they scored during the 2021 RBC Heritage. The players raised more than $17,000 that helped pay for a new irrigation system at the club.
Sims, a friend of Glover’s since their days competing against each other in junior golf events, became aware of this initiative when he attended the Palmetto Championship at Congaree in June. He then hatched the idea to use his participation in the Hundred Hole Hike event hosted by the North County Junior Golf Association at Goat Hill Park in Oceanside, California, to raise money for “The Sarge.” His walking 108-hole round raised over $7,000 through donations submitted via the event’s fundraising site. Sims’ donation, amongst others, will ultimately allow the Congaree Foundation to nurse Sergeant Jasper back to life and offer local high school golf teams the chance to establish a home course at no cost.
“When I heard about The Sarge and its affiliation with the Congaree Foundation, it just seemed like a no brainer to create this fundraiser! Golf has been special in my life and being able to give back by doing something like the 108-hole hike and ultimately giving back to the Jasper County community is what it is all about,” Sims said.
“The Sarge,” which was acquired by the Congaree Foundation in March, aims to make a difference in the lives of local golfers and youth in Jasper County. The club, which has been a staple in the community since the 1960s, will offer an affordable, quality course for local golfers and provide a free home for area high school golf teams. The Congaree Foundation has been blown away by the support for #rechargethesarge and the campaign will surely leave a lasting mark on future generations.