Tournament Director


March 16, 2020

Friends of the Southside Business Men’s Club Charities,

This year is our 25th Anniversary for our YOUTH ACHIEVER CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC, benefiting the Youth Achiever Scholarship Fund.

The net proceeds go directly to the Southside Business Men’s Club Charities, Inc for disbursement to high school seniors and returning college students looking for financial assistance to further their education.

The Youth Achiever Program or YAP, began in 1994 by Fred S. Harford, then 4th Vice President. With the help of then President, Gene Bushor, the program originated for the purpose of raising funds to help a few Southside Elementary Schools School Safety Patrol students to make the annual trip to Washington D.C. After of couple of years trying to fund this program with other types of fund raising, it became apparent something else had to be done.

In 1996, Crump Kirby, the founder of our charity golf classic, had an idea to put on charity golf tournament to raise enough funds in a single day event. He approached the SBMC Board of Governors to ask for assistance in funding this idea. The board approved it, Crump contacted me to help him develop his plan and bring this event to reality. Our first year we raised $3500 for the charity scholarship fund. Initially some of the funds went to help the School Safety Patrol program and the rest began the Youth Achiever Scholarship Funds. Over the past 24 years this event raised over $200k for the scholarship fund. In the past couple of years, the Southside Business Men’s Charities awarded a number of student scholarships of $5500 each.

We have come along way since 1996 and with the passing of our Tournament Founder, Crump Kirby in 2018, it has been challenging. However, with Your Generous Support by selecting a Tournament Sponsorship and participating in our event, we will continue his dream and allowing some local high school seniors financial assistance to continue their education.

As Director and with the help from Jepp Walter, Chairman and our very experienced Charity Golf Committee, we hope this 25th Anniversary will be the best ever.

I hope all Southside Business Men’s Club members and their Friends will join us this year, Monday, September 21st, at The Golf Club at South Hampton.

With Sincere Appreciation for Your Support,

Jay D. Cann, Jr.

Tournament Director