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A fleet of carts took golfers “clubbing” at the Woodforest Golf Club, raising $52,000 for the Texas Chapter of the Tourette Association of America.
The Takeaway Tourettes Charity Golf Tournament — now in its fourth year — has raised more than $200,000 since its inception, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the charity.
Tourette Texas runs support groups, attends meetings at the schools to help educate the educators, meets with the medical community and takes a personal interest in each of the kids and their families.
Reese Wilson, State of Texas Youth Ambassador for Tourette America, conceived of the tournament as a way to raise awareness of the syndrome. The Woodlands High School senior is the grandson Virgil Yoakum, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Woodforest.
Tourette Syndrome is characterized by involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations that usually becomes evident in early childhood or adolescence. It affects 1 in 162 children with 1 in 100 being male.
Wilson and his family credit Tourette Texas with changing his life, helping the family understand his disorder.
More than 100 golfers participated in this year’s tournament. Lunch and dinner fueled the friendly competition with golfers vying to get closest to the pin and longest drive bragging rights.
Thank you to all the golfers and supporters.