On Saturday, September 15, St. Johns High School hosted its first annual Islander Golf Tournament on Kiawah Island Resort’s Oak Point Course. One hundred percent of the proceeds went to support the athletic department at the high school. Fundraiser coordinator and volunteer John Olson couldn’t be happier with the success of the event. “It turned out to be hugely successful,” Olson said.
Golfers from across the island communities came out to support the young athletes at St. Johns. 61 golfers participated in the event, and 26 organizations served as “hole sponsors,” by donating to the fundraiser and in turn, having their organization or business name placed on a sign at each hole. “Many businesses and individuals on the Sea Islands participated and without their participation, it would have never been as successful,” Olson commented. Newton Farms donated food for the event. From across Kiawah, Seabrook, Johns, and Wadmalaw Islands, the communities came together to make the success possible.
Perhaps “success” is an understatement. The golf tournament was the single largest athletic department fundraiser in the history of St. Johns High School.
Each athletic team received a portion of the funds raised from the event. “I think the thing that was so gratifying from my perspective is that after the event, I had communication with various coaches and they were absolutely ecstatic,” Olson said. The teams now have funds in their accounts that will allow for new uniforms, equipment, and other related items that otherwise would not have been affordable.
Along with the excited coaches, the participating golfers had a great time as well. “I’ve already had people coming up to me saying ‘put me on the list for next year!’” Olsen said. “It’s one of those wonderful things that was a win-win.”
Though the event is over, Olson certainly has his work cut out for him in hopes to make next year’s fundraiser even bigger and better. “The sky is the limit,” he says.
Photos by John Olson