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Jack Nicklaus helps celebrate the 50th anniversary of our 19th Hole Club in Florida

Earlier this month, more than 100 guests attended the 50th Annual 19th Hole Club at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., celebrating the event's Golden Anniversary with the "Golden Bear" Jack Nicklaus.  

Accompanied by his wife, Barbara, the golf legend greeted the guests and participated in an informal "beachside chat" with the emcee, former Miami Dolphin linebacker and broadcaster, Kim Bokamper.  

Both Nicklaus and Bokamper struck a chord with the guests by sharing their personal accounts of being touched by cancer. Nicklaus lost his father to cancer, and Bokamper lost his wife of 33 years to the disease.

Guests enjoyed fabulous food stations, a glow-in-the-dark putting contest, chipping contest, a remote controlled car "driving" contest, and entertainment provided by Nicklaus' grandson, G.T. Nicklaus, perhaps most remembered for scoring a hole-in-one at the Masters Par 3 tournament this year. Homer Marshman, Jr. presented Town Council President Danielle Moore with the 2018 Homer Marshman Award recipient for her commitment to community philanthropy.

Started in 1968 with Jack Nicklaus, Juilius Boros, Bob Hope, and Perry Como, the annual event has been hosted by more than 80 different professional golfers and other celebrities with the aim of raising funds for cancer research, education, and service. The 19th Hole Club has evolved from an exhibition match in the 60s, to a luncheon and golf clinic in the 80s, to what is now an evening social soirée intended for golfers and non-golfers alike. This year's event raised $207,000.

Nicklaus retired from professional golf in 2005. Mary regard him as the greatest golfer of all time. During a span of more than 25 years, he won a record 18 major championships while producing 19 second-place and nine third-place finishes. His golf course design company is one of the largest in the world. Nicklaus' books vary from instructional to autobiographical, with his Golf My Way considered one of the best instructional golf books of all time.

PHOTOS: Pictured in the top photo with guests are Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, second from left and on the far right. In the smaller image are Nicklaus and hbroadcaster and former NFL player Kim Bokamper.

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