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Published on July 23, 2014

Tee Off Against Breast Cancer With Golf Tournament to Support Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

COLUMBIA, Mo. — On Monday, Aug. 4, golfers from around mid-Missouri will take a swing of support for local breast cancer initiatives at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

The 14th annual Deon Starman Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at the Columbia Country Club. The tournament features two-person teams playing 18 holes of golf, with prizes awarded to winners in the men’s and women’s divisions.

The tournament is dedicated to the honor and memory of Deon Starman, who was an avid golfer and proponent for local breast cancer research. Starman died unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm in December 2004. Deon’s husband, Dave, organizes the annual golf tournament to honor his late wife and support the two causes that Deon felt passionate about — golfing and finding a cure for breast cancer.

In 2013, the golf tournament raised $25,000. Through the years, the tournament has raised $165,000 for local breast cancer research and initiatives.

“This tournament has supported initiatives at Ellis Fischel for more than a dozen years,” said David Parker, executive director of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. “We are very thankful for the years of dedication by the Starmans and the other tournament organizers in the fight against breast cancer.”

The tournament will feature a live auction for St. Louis Cardinals tickets, Carl Edwards memorabilia, golf packages and other items. The entry fee is $200 per team, which includes use of a golf cart and range balls. Lunch will be served and heavy appetizers from D. Rowe’s will be available after the tournament. To register for the tournament, please contact Dave Starman at (573) 808-3050.

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, a part of University of Missouri Health Care, is a certified member of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Network®.