Bob Gillespie



‘Draft A Celebrity’: Ocean Course charity event features golf, food and drink

Posted 12/29/2013 9:19:00 PM

Charleston has long been a destination for golfers, as well as for lovers of good food and entertainment. So a golf tournament that combines a world-class venue, some of the best food and beverages the Lowcountry can offer, and a chance to tee it up with a celebrity of your choosing – and does it all to raise funds for worthy charities – might seem too good to be true.

All of those elements, though, are available in the inaugural “Draft A Celebrity” Golf Tournament, which will take place Feb. 15, 2014, at Kiawah Island Resort’s world-famed Ocean Course, site of the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2012 PGA Championship. The tournament will allow participants to create a team with one of a list of celebrities from sports, entertainment and elsewhere as part of that team.

Among those celebrities already committed to the one-day event are former NFL players Brian Dawkins (a former Clemson standout), George Rogers (South Carolina’s 1980 Heisman Trophy winner), Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, Kordell Stewart and Joe Delamielleure; college coaches Steve Spurrier (South Carolina), Chad Morris (Clemson offensive coordinator), Fisher DeBerry (former Air Force Academy), Ralph Friedgen (Maryland), Bobby Johnson (Vanderbilt) and Bobby Cremins (Georgia Tech basketball); former NBA star Eric “Sleepy” Floyd; musician Eric Bass; and actors Catherine Bell, Bill Murray and Willie Robertson.

How can you determine which celebrity you’re paired with? That question will be answered via a celebrity “draft,” much like the NFL or NBA draft, with teams of players bidding to determine the draft order. For details on the draft process, click here.

In order to take part in the Draft A Celebrity tournament, teams must complete a bidder registration form, also available at the website. The process is akin to an online auction, with registered teams then bidding on their position in the celebrity draft. Once the bidding closes, the team making the highest bid gets the first pick for their celebrity teammate.

All proceeds from the event benefit two Charleston-area charities: the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, an accredited Children’s Advocacy Center that has helped more than 21,000 children and their families; and the Lowcountry Food Bank, which in 2013 helped feed more than 200,000 families, children and seniors in its 10-county service area. All celebrities are donating their time without compensation in order to maximize the charitable impact.

So what about the aforementioned Charleston food and beverages? Besides golf, activities at the Draft A Celebrity tournament include culinary competitions among area celebrity chefs, including Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk, and Michelle Weaver of Charleston Grill, as well as area sommeliers and “mixologists” from area restaurants and bars. During the tournament, players will serve as judges of various dishes and drinks while completing their rounds of golf.

A limited number of tickets to attend the tournament will also be available for interested spectators and non-golfers. For information, click here.