PORTERDALE — Golf tournaments don’t usually draw competitors whose ages span eight decades, but that’s what happened last week at The Oaks Course. Players in Friday’s CURE Childhood Cancer Tournament ranged in age from the youngest at 11 to three 98-year-olds who are still swinging the clubs.
Bo Cline, of Chattanooga, and brothers Jennings and James Watkins of Blue Ridge, all three 98 years of age, took part in the 29th annual CURE Childhood Cancer Tournament at The Oaks, a fundraiser dedicated to research to find a cure for childhood cancers.
In addition to the trio in their 90s, the CURE Tournament welcomed 11-year-old cancer survivor Maddie Schieve and her father, Matt Schieve, who traveled from Wisconsin to play in the event. They were joined by childhood cancer survivors Joe and Jessie Tallant of Sharpsburg, who met at Camp Sunshine, and Bo Ramos of Atlanta.
According to Joe Coleman, director of the tournament and a CURE board member, the tournament draws more than 150 players annually and raises about $70,000.
Coleman has been involved with CURE for more than two decades. His daughter was diagnosed with leukemia at age 2; she’s now in her 30s. As the parent of a former child cancer patient, Coleman said he understands why what CURE does is so important.
“We’re doing what parents want; we’re trying to find a cure for childhood cancer,” he said.
For more information on CURE, visit curechildhoodcancer.org.