UGA student honors grandfather with charity golf tournament

The following guest post is from Cole Calfee ’17, a student at the University of Georgia. Cole is a member of the Student Government Association and the Order of Omega. He co-founded Bowtie Brand, Inc., which was sold in 2014 after three successful years of operation. 

My name’s Cole, I’m a third-year business student at UGA, and I’m organizing a charity golf tournament on Friday, October 2 in Athens.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve had October 3 marked on your calendar for quite some time. No loss is easy, but watching the clock tick to zero in the Georgia Dome in 2012 hurt more than most. Alas, the Bulldogs face off against the Alabama Crimson Tide in what is the most hyped SEC crossover game of the year on the first Saturday of October.

My thought for the golf tournament arose this past Easter, when I was in the room when my grandfather, who has Alzheimer’s disease, forgot my mom’s name. It tore me apart. A day later, I had the idea for this event and started working from there. Knowing how many folks would be coming into town for the big game, I thought it sounded like something that had the potential to raise a lot of money and ultimately do a lot of good in fighting a disease that affects so many of us.

The tournament is a 2-man scramble, and every penny we raise will go directly to The Alzheimer’s Association. I’d love for you and a partner to join us as we bring together alumni and students from both the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia for a morning of golf before the game the next day.