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 Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Ft. Jackson Golf Club

The 19th Annual Healthy Learners Champions for Children Golf Tournament in Memory of George Younginer takes place on October 24, 2018 at the Fort Jackson Golf Club in Columbia, South Carolina.  Please join us for a perfect day of golf, food, entertainment, contests and prizes.  The much-needed funds will help to support the mission of Healthy Learners.

This year’s Premier Exclusive sponsor is Aflac and tournament co-chairs are Dawndy Mercer Plank, WIS-TV anchor and Matt Younginer, national account manager, Husqvarna and Healthy Learners Fund Development Committee member.

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 give their talent, time and resources.  Each year, proceeds from the golf tournament enable us to help hundreds of children by providing them with health care services like vision care, dental care, and hearing evaluations.

“​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.”

Should you have any questions regarding this year’s tournament, please contact Haley Shealy, Golf Tournament Director at 803.331.4954 or email


Click here to read the press release announcing the 2018 golf tournament.

Talk of the Town: One afternoon of golf will change children’s lives (By Dawndy Mercer-Plank

Highlights from the
2017 Golf Tournament

Thank you to Colonial Life for being the event’s premier exclusive sponsor in 2017 for five consecutive years.

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

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.

Awarded by Healthy Learners and the Healthy Learners Board of Trustees, the award was presented to Van 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.  Click here to read the press release.

 2017 Golf tournament Co-Chairs:
Matt Younginer (Husqvarna, ESPN2 Radio)
Coach Monte Lee (Clemson University Head Baseball Coach)