Tom Watson & American Cancer Society’s Swing Fore a Cure Tournament

Legendary Golfer Tom Watson Joins American Cancer Society’s Swing Fore a Cure Tournament on June 3, 2013

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – May 16, 2013 – Local golfers participating in the American Cancer Society’s annual Swing Fore a Cure golf tournament at the Water’s Edge Country Club on Monday, June 3, 2013 will be joined by Tom Watson, Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour Hall of Fame member. Watson will host a golf clinic prior to the players’ teeing off and will join players on the course throughout the invitation-only tournament. The event and Mr. Watson’s appearance are presented by Advance Auto Parts.

Watson is one of the most successful golfers of all time, having won eight major championships and a total of 39 PGA Tour events. At the 2009 British Open, Watson came to the 18th hole in the final round needing a par to win. He dropped the shot and lost in the ensuing playoff, but his performance at age 59 will be remembered as one of the most impressive the game has ever seen.

“We are thrilled to have Tom Watson joining us at Swing Fore a Cure,” said Garnett Smith, volunteer committee member. “The event has been successful because of the community support from individuals and corporate partners like Advance. Tom’s participation is a great reminder that this is one of our area’s premiere events, raising significant funds for programs and services that benefit cancer patients, as well as lifesaving cancer research.”

Last year’s event raised $492,000 for the American Cancer Society and was named the largest golf fundraising event in the nation for the Society. Financial support from events like Swing Fore a Cure allows the Society to continue providing area residents facing a cancer diagnosis with access to day-to-day help, information and emotional support. Whether a newly diagnosed patient is referred to the Society by their health care provider or reaches out to the organization on their own, the non-profit responds with information, programs and services to help the patient better understand their diagnosis, manage their cancer treatment and find the physical and emotional support they need, at no cost.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, we’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit For cancer news in your community, visit

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