This is good news for Clarkie and his family, who are working to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity that funds research for childhood cancers.
Clarkie, whose grandparents live at Pinehurst No. 7, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma more than a year ago. He’s had half of his right femur removed (that’s where the tumor was) and replaced by a titanium prosthesis. Fifty-four treatments and 17 rounds of chemo followed. Along the way, father Dave says Clarkie had “zero complaints.”
We learned a few things when we started looking at our top tweets of 2014.
First, you all were REALLY excited about the back-to-back U.S. Open championships. Our tweets leading up to historic event were some of the most popular of the year and the tweets sent out during the tournaments went viral with hundreds of retweets and favorites.
Another lesson: Scotty McCreery has awesome fans. When the American Idol winner played Pinehurst No. 2 for the first time back in April, his loyal followers flocked to our blog to see what the singer thought about the Donald Ross course. Oh, and he sang a few bars.
Golf’s leading ladies also got plenty of love on our Twitter feed this year. It seemed any tweet mentioning tween Lucy Li turned to gold and Michelle Wie became a newsmaker when she won her first major title at Pinehurst.
Her team – basically just her mother and father – did not grant interviews before the tournament week, and settled on one media meeting before the tournament – in the large media center interview room on Wednesday. In less than 2 minutes, the little girl had charmed the entire room, breaking up seasoned journalists with quips about her favorite golfers, and in this memorable moment, her dad’s game.
“Can your dad beat you?”
Li giggles, and can barely get the word out.
That was it. From there, Lucy Li owned the first few days of the U.S. Women’s Open.