On this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand we visit with our good friend Jay Smith at Prestwick Country Club.  Jay is the PGA Head Professional at Prestwick and he and his staff hosted the FCA Charity Golf Tournament earlier this month.  The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is an international non-profit Christian sports ministry founded in 1954.  The mission of FCA has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.

Jay introduced us to John Rickenbocker, the Executive Director of the FCA of Coastal South Carolina.  John tells us that this is the 23rd year of the FCA Charity Golf Tournament and the 3rd consecutive year that the tournament has been played at Prestwick Country Club.  He was gracious enough to give us a few minutes of his time before the golf started to tell us about what they do here in the Myrtle Beach community.

“Prestwick and the Jackson Company have been great friends of the FCA for many years now and we appreciate that relationship very, very much” John said.

He went on to say “We do sports ministry.  We take the ministry of Christ to the schools.  We go to high school students, middle school students and college athletes as well.  We work with coaches, athletes and students.  We do camps and in we work in community groups.  This monies we take in from this golf tournament raises about 1/3 of our total ministry budget for the year and we are very grateful for the opportunity to hold this event at Prestwick again this year.”

After a wonderful day filled with fun and fellowship on this wonderful golf course we spoke with Jay.

“It was a great day.  It is a great cause that raised a lot of money today.  Everything was really nice and of course the golf course is in great shape” said Smith.

For more information or to find out how to get involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes visit their website at www.fca.org.

If you want to make a tee time to play Prestwick go to www.prestwickcountryclub.com or call the golf shop at 843.293.4100