Beast is Back: Fister to Play in CIS Golf Benefit

Published by The Pilot – July 10, 2010

Celebrities are flocking to Pinehurst. First Ben Crenshaw visited, then Henry Winkler, followed by Vince Gill.

Now bThe Beastb is coming back to town.

Sean bThe Beastb Fister, 15-time Long Drive World Champion, will return to Pinehurst on July 11 and 12 for the fourth annual Fore Kids Sake Golf Tournament benefitting Communities In Schools (CIS).

This golf tournament is not like other tournaments in the area. The Fore Kids Sake tournament has events for both golfers and non-golfers alike.

The event will kick off with a bFeast with the Beastb at the Little River Golf Club, where guests will get a chance to meet Fister while they enjoy cocktails and food.

The cocktail party is open to golfers and non-golfers. Last year, more than 130 people attended the cocktail party, many of whom did not golf in the tournament but wanted to enjoy the eveningbs activities, meet the long drive champion and support CIS.

Fister, himself a father of three children, is returning to support CIS for the second year. Last year, he shared his own story about his invaluable experience with his mentor. The story moved many in the crowd to tears.

The highlight of the cocktail party will be a unique long drive event held on the Little River golf course. In a spin-a-raffle, Fister will draw 15 raffle numbers. Each raffle number is assigned a golf ball.

Fister will then hit the balls down the fairway. The three balls he hits the farthest will win prizes such as a stainless steel grill.

Last year, the winning drive was 451 yards. Raffle tickets are sold for $5 apiece.

The tournament itself, held on July 12 at Pinehurst No. 8, will give golfers a chance to compete with each other and watch bThe Beastb in action on the course. Some lucky foursomes will even be able to have Fister drive the ball for them.

Last yearbs event was very well received.

bThe 2009 CIS Fore Kids Sake Golf Tournament was a great time in the outdoors, highlighted by Pinehurstbs No. 8 challenges,b said tournament chair Tom Cruce. bThe players thoroughly enjoyed the day, the conditions of the course and the wonderful perks that came with the entry fee. Sean Fister was icing on the cake, as he powered his tee shots 400 yards down the fairway … certainly a gentleman who cares a great deal about kids at risk. He amazed the crowd with the power of his swing and his concern for helping others.b

All proceeds from the event stay in Moore County to support Moore County children, including the 150 children involved in the CIS COMPASS mentoring program.

For more information on the event or to purchase raffle tickets or tickets to the cocktail party, call Communities In Schools at (910) 295-1072.

Communities In Schools of Moore County is a local nonprofit organization helping kids stay in school and prepare for life. CIS provides the COMPASS mentoring program, the CIS FirstSchool Gardens, the SOAR afterschool program and the Stuff the Bus school supply drive to Moore County Schools.