Bob Gillespie



Join the Ball Coach: Spurrier, McDaniels Golf Classic team up vs. cancer

Posted 3/22/2013 12:56:00 PM

Anyone who has followed the long-time career of University of South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier knows that the “Head Ball Coach” loves golf more than anything besides family and football. So it makes sense that the Gamecocks’ coach has added his name to one of the best charity golf tournaments in the South Carolina Midlands.

The McDaniels Golf Classic in Partnership with Steve Spurrier, in its 22nd year as the brainchild of Bill McDaniels, is a two-day event April 25-26, capped off by the second-day team golf outing at Fort Jackson Golf Club. The tournament, which benefits Columbia’s Palmetto Health Cancer Centers, last year raised more than $304,000 for the centers, and this year tournament officials – with the Ball Coach’s help – hope to beat that.

The festivities begin April 25 (Thursday) from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. with an auction and reception at The Zone, located at USC’s Williams-Brice Stadium’s south end zone and expected to draw more than 400 guests. Spurrier will be in attendance for the evening, which also includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music and both silent and live auctions for golf getaways and dining packages. Tickets are $125 per person with reserved table sponsorships ($1,000 for eight tickets) also available.

The McDaniels Classic tournament is April 26 (Friday) beginning at 10 a.m., with four-person teams competing for prizes, including prize holes offering a chance to drive home in a Porsche from the auto dealer. Team registrations (four spots in the tournament) are available for $2,000, and a field of 300-plus is expected.

Fort Jackson, normally open to active and retired military personnel and other federal employees and guests, has two 18-hole layouts: Wildcat, which has hosted the S.C. Junior Championship, and Old Hickory. The course features rolling terrain, dramatic bunkering and lightning-fast greens; Old Hickory has water in play on eight holes, while Wildcat is water-free but still well-defended.

For more information or to register, call (803) 434-2830, email Anna Saunders at, or go click here.