Annual Clyde Carr Charity Golf Tournament raises $11K for local nonprofit

Annual Clyde Carr Charity Golf Tournament raises $11K for local nonprofit
Clyde Carr presented the proceeds check from his annual golf tournament to North Greenville Crisis Ministry board members on Wednesday. Pictured left to right: Jan Bowman, Joanne Turner, Clyde Carr, Robert White, Mary Alice Bowers and Ricky Silvers. (Photo: James Richardson/Travelers Rest Tribune)

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — The annual Clyde Carr Charity Golf Tournament this year raised $11,000 for North Greenville Crisis Ministry, it was announced on Wednesday.

Now in its 56th year, the tournament is one of the longest-running charity events in upper Greenville County.

Carr started the tournament in 1967 for charitable causes, and he has helped support NGCM with the event ever since it opened as a food closet in 1983.

The nonprofit, where Carr has served as a board member for the past 18 years, offers temporary assistance, including food, clothing and crisis funds, to individuals and families who live in northern Greenville County.

To date, the tournament has raised more than $100K for NGCM. Carr presented the proceeds check to board members on Wed., July 19.

The tournament was first held at the 9-hole Slater Golf Course, serving as a benefit for the (then) St. John United Methodist Church building fund.

"We had nine players, and I operated the tournament out of the trunk of my car," Carr said.

The 2023 tournament was held last month at Paris Mountain Country Club, drawing 116 players in 29 teams.

"I would like to thank all of those that participated in the golf tournament as well as our sponsors, all of whom help make this such a great success each year," Carr said, adding that without "the generous support of businesses and individuals in our area the fundraiser would not be possible."

Carr said he was introduced to the game of golf as a caddie when he was nine years old. The first golfer he caddied was J.P. Traynham Sr., whose family owned Paris Mountain Country Club.

"[The Traynhams] taught me the game of golf and how to operate a golf tournament, and I thank them very much for the leadership in my life," Carr said.

Learn more about North Greenville Crisis Ministry here.