SANTEE - Nearly 600 golfers will be in Santee this weekend to raise about $400,000 in college aid at Jim Clyburn's 21st annual Rudolph Canzater Memorial Classic. The weekend includes a two-day golf tournament, health fair and scholarship banquet.

This year 100 students who live in the 6th Congressional District or will attend college there have been selected as Canzater Scholars. They will receive their scholarships and Dell laptops with Microsoft software packages on Saturday, Aug. 6, at a 6 p.m. dinner at the Santee Conference Center, 1739 Bass Drive.

"It is a tremendous honor to help so many deserving young people embark on their dream of attending college," Clyburn said. "The tournament has grown tremendously and enabled us to raise more than $2 million over its 21-year history to invest in the education of our future leaders."

The Canzater Classic is the largest event held in Santee annually, and has a tremendous impact on the local economy. The event fills area hotels and restaurants, participants patronize the local stores and gas stations, and the golfers play on six area golf courses.

The tournament was founded 26 years ago by Jim Clyburn and a group of his friends who shared a love of golf and a desire to help young people get a better start in life. Twenty-one years ago, one of the founding members, Rudolph Canzater, died at the age of 49 of an aortic aneurism and the tournament was renamed in his honor. Over the years the tournament has grown, and has added other events in addition to the golf tournament and scholarship banquet.

The weekend of activities also features the Ollie Johnson Memorial I-95 Health Fair, which honors another Canzater Classic founder who passed away in 2009. The health fair will take place on Friday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Santee Conference Center. This free, public event is an opportunity for residents along the I-95 corridor to receive free health screenings for chronic conditions and obtain information from pharmaceutical representatives and health care professionals about how to lead healthier lives. This year the health fair will also provide information to participants about how the new health care reform law will benefit them.

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