Safe Harbor’s 2nd Annual Links of Hope Golf Tournament

November 8, 2011

Safe Harbor’s “Links of Hope” Golf Tournament took place on October 29, 2011 at The Trails at Chickasaw Point in Westminster, SC. The event raised over $14,000 with the support of 25 teams participating in the event and business sponsors and personal donations from across the Upstate. Our volunteers, sponsors, and the team at The Trails Golf Course & Grill worked together to make this event a success.   

Our first place team of David Odom, Gary Odom, Kyle Lankford, & David Lankford scored 57. Jim LaRue, Eddie Brown, Bob Kurek, and Jim Graham came in second with 58. Third place went to Todd Hardaway, Eric Hardaway, Weston Blackwood, and Will Thomason with a score of 60. And rounding out the top 4 places with a score of 61 were Charley Thompson, Rex Gibbs, Ed Hicks, and Steve Hicks.  Robert French won closest to the pin on #4, Bob Kurek on #8, Gary Odom on #13, and Ed Hicks on #17. They each won a 7 night 5 Star Resort Vacation Package compliments of SEU Promotions out of Charlotte. Robert French was the finalist in the $10,000 putting contest sponsored by Paesano’s, earning a second vacation package. Earle Wright was the finalist in the chipping contest, walking away with a vacation package as well.   

A special thanks goes to our event sponsors – Leader Ford for their hole-in-one 2011 Ford Mustang package and Oconee Medical Center for providing lunch and marketing costs. Roy Metal Finishing was the Cart Sponsor, and Clemson at the Falls was the pin flags sponsor. 26 Golf Course Partners across the Upstate donated rounds of golf, allowing each tournament team to enjoy 4 rounds of golf at one of the top golf courses in the Upstate. Most of all, we want to thank Safe Harbor board member and tournament coordinator, Darragh Geist, and all other volunteers who coordinated this event.   

Many thanks to all for supporting Safe Harbor through the 2nd Annual Links of Hope Golf Tournament!  Please read below to see event photos and a full list of sponsors.   

Leader Ford, Seneca  – Co-event & Hole in One sponsor
Oconee Medical Center  – Co-event & lunch sponsor
Roy Metal Finishing –  Cart Sponsor
Clemson at the Falls – Pin Flags Sponsor
Paesano’s Italian Restaurant  – $10,000 Putting Contest Sponsor
Glen Raven – Team Sponsor
Platinum Sponsors
Jim & Elisabeth Gadd
Jon & Darragh Geist
Gold Sponsors
Trehel Corporation
Blue Ridge Bank
Residences at Park Place
Bob Thomas/ Edward Jones
Silver Sponsors
William Callahan, DDS
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative
TD Bank
Elegant & Distinctive Interiors
Moon’s Pharmacy
Lakeside Landscaping
Neat Freaks/Integrity Builders
Joe’s New York Pizza & Pasta
Jo Thompson Memorial
Ken Whitney
William Huff
Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated 
Taylor Made
The Daily Journal   

The Trails at Chickasaw Point
The Rock at Jocassee
The Reserve/Lake Keowee
The Preserve at Verdae Golf Club
The Cliffs Golf & Country Club
Summersett Golf Club
Stone Creek Cove Golf Club
Saluda Valley Country Club
Pine Lakes Golf Club
Pickens Country Club
Oconee Country Club
Links O’Tryon
Lakeview Golf Club
Keowee Key Golf & Country Club
Highland Walk at Victoria Bryant, GA
Hartwell Golf Club, GA
Green Valley Country Club
Furman University Golf Club
Falcon’s Lair
Curahee Country Club, GA
Cross Creek Plantation
Cobb’s Glen Country Club
Cherokee Valley Golf Club
Brookstone Meadows Golf Club
Boscobel Golf Club
Anderson Country Club
 Paesano’s Italian Restaurant
Sole’ Grill & Sushi Bar
Copper River Grill
International Deli
Heartwarmers, Seneca
Nancy Lopez Golf 
Walker Golf Course – Golf lessons   


First Place Team - David & Kyle Lankford, David & Gary Odom


Seneca Giving Circle Team - Margie LaRue, Lynda Brown, Melodie Graham, Susan Goodwin


Second Place Team out on the Trails

I am a survivor of domestic abuse.

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I am a survivor of domestic abuse.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth



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