Golfers Against Cancer (“GAC”) started in the summer of 1997 by members of the Deerwood Club in Kingwood, Texas. It was founded to support a Deerwood member and an assistant pro who both had been diagnosed with cancer. GAC was the idea of a Deerwood golf wife who told her husband, “If you are upset, then do something about it.” Bobby Jones talked to his golf buddies Everett Bernal, Rod Felts and the Saturday morning gang at Deerwood and together they started Golfers Against Cancer. Golfers Against Cancer’s mission is to raise funds for cancer research and honor these friends battling cancer. GAC’s first fundraising golf tournament was held in 1997 and it generated $80,000. All of the expenses in 1997 were paid for by two families. Underwriting of event expenses continues as a GAC core belief, maximizing the percentage of contributions that go directly to cancer research.
To date, the cumulative total raised by GAC events nationwide continues to grow at a steady pace, with over $23.9 million raised and donated (including matching funds). GAC has funded over 100 specific research projects at leading research institutions around the nation that are focused on finding cures for a wide range of cancers.