Mull Again – Tourney for Boyd continues to grow

The Bob Boyd Invitational continues to grow as one of the premier events on the area golf calendar.

The third annual pro-am, scheduled for Oct. 8 at Pine Valley in Wilmington, will again feature touring professionals to complement the strong field of area club pros, many of whom competed against and laughed with Boyd during his remarkable career.

A seven-time Carolinas PGA Player of the Year, Boyd died in early 2011 after a five-year battle with leukemia. His widow, Pam, founded the pro-am, and proceeds go to a variety of charities, in addition to a scholarship given annually to the child of a Pine Valley member.

Last year’s tournament raised more than $50,000 for the UNC Lineberger Cancer Research Center, SECU Family House at UNC and the scholarship fund. The event also added 32 registrants to the National Bone Marrow Registry.

Touring pros scheduled to compete this year include 1987 Masters champion Larry Mize, who is returning for the second year; Ken Green, a PGA Tour winner and member of the 1989 U.S. Ryder Cup team; former Wilmington resident Bruce Fleisher, who won 18 tournaments on the Champions Tour from 1999-2004; Pete Oakley, a longtime club pro who won the 2004 Senior British Open; and Englishman Roger Chapman, who in 2012 won the U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Senior PGA.

Past pro-ams included a silent auction, raffle, prizes and of, course many tales about Boyd, who lived at Pine Valley and also served a stint as the pro there. Boyd played on the European Senior Tour from 2005 to 2010, winning once and regularly finishing top 30 on the Order of Merit.

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