Since 1983, the annual George Brett Celebrity Golf Classic golf tournament, renamed in 2003 to the Joe McGuff ALS Golf Classic to honor sportswriter & former editor of The Kansas City Star Joe McGuff, has raised funds to benefit amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. Kansas City sports icons George Brett and Tom Watson have supported this Kansas City tradition for more than a decade, and this year DBJ received a special thanks from Tom Watson for their Major Sponsorship of the event and continued support.
Tom Watson has a close connection to the ALS community: Bruce Edwards, who was Watson’s caddie through his eight major championships, passed away from ALS symptoms in 2004. Well-known for his 39 PGA Tour Victories and his Hall of Fame Induction in 1988, Watson has been as much of an influence in the charity sphere as he was on the green. He joined forces with Caddy for Life author John Feinstein in 2005 to establish the Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research and is a member of the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins’ inner circle; in both, Watson continues to help lead the fight to find a cure for ALS.