Golf Tournament 2017

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2017 Premier Exclusive Sponsor

 Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Ft. Jackson Golf Club

The wonderful day included over 160 golfers, a rivalry corn hole contest between Tigers vs Gamecocks, over 50 silent auction items and an outstanding performance by Long Drivers on the course.  On a beautiful autumn day, individuals from all across the State of South Carolina came together to Golf for Good.  The fun-filled day consisted of golf, networking and fulfilling the mission of Healthy Learners by serving children who are in need and without resources.

With this year marking the 18th Annual Healthy Learners Champions for Children Golf Tournament in Memory of George Younginer, we raised more than $108,000 in much needed funds.  The success of our tournament over the years has been largely dependent on the generous sponsors who support our mission and recognize the importance of continued support so future generations can have a better life.  Additionally, we are truly grateful to our volunteers who gave their talent, time and resources.  Once again, supporters stepped up and are definitely Champions for Children!

Thank you to Colonial Life for being the event’s premier exclusive sponsor for the fifth consecutive year.

The Healthy Learners Champion for Children Award is inspired by an individual that has demonstrated a long term commitment to improving health care resources available to children, performed a single action that had a significant and long-lasting impact on Healthy Learners or advanced Healthy Learners’ mission through a personal commitment of time, talent, financial resources and service.  This individual is Van Hauser.  Click here to read the press release.

Awarded by Healthy Learners and the Healthy Learners Board of Trustees, the award was presented to Hauser during the 18th Annual Healthy Learners Champions for Children Golf Tournament in Memory of George Younginer on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Fort Jackson Golf Club in Columbia, SC.

“​Our greatest accomplishment over the past 25 years is the positive impact made in the lives of the children we have served,” said Jo Pauling-Jones, executive director, Healthy Learners.  “In 25 years, Healthy Learners has provided nearly 59,000 vision, dental, medications and other health-related services to 12,644 individual students across South Carolina on its mission for healthy children, better students and thriving communities.”

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This year’s golf tournament Co-Chairs, Matt Younginer (Husqvarna, ESPN2 Radio) and Coach Monte Lee (Clemson University Head Baseball Coach), thank you for taking part in such a worthy cause.  The day wrapped up with entertainment, an exquisite BBQ dinner, an exciting silent auction and everyone left in high spirits and inspired by the mission of Healthy Learners.

The 2017 Golf Tournament Winners

1st Place – Steve Greene
Craig Hensley
Ray Derrick

2nd Place – Robert Williams, III
Mark Williams
Matthew Williams
Joseph Hunt

3rd Place – Matt Shaffer
Steele Pendleton
Jeffery Williams
Andy Folsom

1st Place – Chad Farmer
Kyle Cassidy
Todd Sweat
Trey Laffin

2nd Place – Wes Jackson
Larry Ferguson
Jon Campbell
Gary Dennis

3rd Place – Scottie Ward
Bud Cronin
Ryan Cronin
Dr. Hal Robinson

Special Events:

Closest to the Pin – Sean Smith
Longest Drive (Men) – Dakota Hunter
Longest Drive (Women) – Jeanne Reynolds

Closest to the Pin – Dave Thomas
Longest Drive (Men) – Tom Gaines
Longest Drive (Women) – Mandy Pierce

Should you have any questions regarding next year’s tournament, please contact Aundrea’ Simons, Fund Development Associate at 803.454.0350, Ext. 3 or email



Healthy Learners announced Dawn Staley, University of South Carolina Head Women’s Basketball Coach, as the 2016 Healthy Learners Champion for Children award recipient.  Click here to read press release.  The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor an individual who is an advocate for children and brings attention to their needs.  Our Champion for Children devotes their time and talents to the community through their volunteer time, financial support and commitment to the program.

2016 First Place Winners


Matt Youngineer
Coach Monte Lee
Robert Dargan
Jason Kirkham

 LIZARD’S THICKET (Old Hickory Course)

Chris Davis
Mark Williams
Robert Williams
Matthew Williams

Click here to view the complete list of the 2016 golf tournament winners