By Alicia Whitley for The Island Connection
The fourth annual Robert and Janice McNair Invitational, held Oct. 9 at The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek, raised a record amount of money that will provide scholarships for local students and benefit Briar’s Creek employees as well.
Fifty-five golfers participated at $5,000 each, additional tournament supporters contributed and the McNair family matched every dollar raised, bringing total donations to $579,000. As a result, 16 local students in grades four through 12 will receive scholarships for their tuition at Charleston Collegiate School.
The event now has raised $1.88 million in four years.
“We are grateful for the tremendous scholarship support this community has shown, ultimately providing 16 promising students with the opportunity to be a part of the Charleston Collegiate School family,” said Bonnie Scapellato, the school’s director of development. “These scholarships truly transform our school and the lives of deserving students on Johns Island. Words can’t adequately express the gratitude we feel for Briar’s Creek, the McNair family and the generous club members and benefactors who come together each year to make this tournament such a staggering success.”
A portion of the total amount raised will go to the Briar’s Creek Employee Educational Fund, which was created to support employees’ educational pursuits and retirement benefits. The fund has helped many employees take professional courses and work on advanced degrees.
“Briar’s Creek stands apart when it comes to investing in our employees,” said Clint Wood, general manager at The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek. “We take pride in having two of our employees complete their master’s degrees in 2019, one obtaining a business degree and another receiving a Master PGA Professional Certification.”
Charleston Collegiate, a nonprofit K-12 school located on Johns Island, is accredited with the Southern Association of Independent Schools. Diversity is a cornerstone of its educational experience, and the school is dedicated to supporting the area’s many different cultural, racial and socio-economic groups through its scholarship program.
Spanning more than 800 scenic acres on Johns Island, The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek is a private golf retreat that provides an unhurried lifestyle and a world-class golf experience with no tee times. Opened in 2001, Briar’s Creek features an award-winning Rees Jones golf course that embraces the natural Lowcountry landscape and diverse wildlife along the Kiawah River.