Golf Tournament Takes Swing at Cancer; Co-Founder Estimates Event Has Raised over $150,000

By Hart, Amelia A. | The Florida Times Union, April 13, 2005 | Go to article overview

Golf Tournament Takes Swing at Cancer; Co-Founder Estimates Event Has Raised over $150,000


Hart, Amelia A., The Florida Times Union


Byline: AMELIA A. HART, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

AMELIA ISLAND -- Nassau County residents will take to the links this week to help fight cancer.

The annual American Cancer Society Swing At Cancer Golf Tournament will be Friday at Long Point Golf Course at Amelia Island Plantation.

The tournament was started nine years ago by plantation residents Jim and Barbara Jones as a way to support the society's Nassau Unit, which assists county residents dealing with the disease.

Jim Jones, a retired surgeon from Cleveland, Ohio, estimates the tournament has raised more than $150,000 for the Nassau Unit.

And the event has become widely anticipated among the golfers who participate, he said.

People often come up at the end of one year's tournament asking when next year's will be, Jones said.

"I don't know what it is about this tournament, but everybody seems to like it," Jones said.

After years of running the tournament, the Joneses, who moved to the island in 1989, are getting help this year from their friend Neal Coleman, a retired cardiologist from Hinsdale, Ill. …

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