Golfers swung their support behind the Texas Chapter of the Tourette Association of America by raising approximately $40,000 during the recent Takeaway Tourettes Charity Golf Tournament in Woodforest, a master planned community located in Montgomery, Texas.
This is the second year for the event, which gives 100 percent of the proceeds to the Tourette Association of America — Texas Chapter. The association raises funds for research into Tourette Syndrome, a disorder characterized by involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations that usually becomes evident in early childhood or adolescence. To date, approximately $85,000 has been raised.
“It is encouraging to see so many people take time from their busy schedules to support a cause such as this and certainly one that is close to my heart,” said Virgil Yoakum, general manager of Woodforest. “We raised a significant amount of money that will fund life-changing research.”
The first tournament was held last October, spearheaded by local teen Reese Wilson’s efforts to raise awareness of the disease. Wilson is a youth ambassador for the National Tourette Syndrome Association and Yoakum’s grandson.
Winning first place in the tournament was the team of Brad Carlson, Todd Bessegato, Todd Rooney and Adan Shaheen. Larry Ball won golf lessons at Woodforest Golf Club for the longest drive and Joey Robinson earned Closest to the Pin bragging rights and an autographed Tiger Woods golf ball donated by Storm Maintenance. In addition to action on the golf course, supporters could shop gift items from Alex & Ani, Kendra Scott and Trina Turk, with part of the proceeds benefitting the Tourette Association of America — Texas Chapter.
The Woodforest Golf Club is a 27-hole championship golf course featuring a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse with a restaurant, full-service bar and a pro shop within the top-selling master-planned community.
For more information about Woodforest, visit www.woodforesttx.com.