Kelly Davis, who is fighting lung cancer, wasn

KERNERSVILLE — When the 71st Forsyth Invitational concludes at the moment at Tanglewood Park’s Reynolds Course, Kelly Davis will seemingly end in final place.And guess what, he doesn’t care.Davis, 61, discovered about 5 weeks in the past that he has stage three lung most cancers. There’s been loads of chemo and radiation therapy to struggle it, however he’s not about to take a seat on the sofa when there’s a golf event to be performed.“Of course I’m playing,” Davis mentioned after capturing 96 on Friday at Reynolds Park and a 98 on Saturday at Pine Knolls. “I didn’t think my doctors were going to let me play, but they said as long as I wear the long-sleeve shirt and 50 sunscreen I’d be OK.”Davis, who lives in Lewisville, has been a continuing within the Forsyth Invitational, one of many many golfers who by no means miss it. He’s estimated enjoying within the event nearly yearly for the reason that late 1990s.Associates would have understood if he didn’t play this weekend, however he wasn’t going to be denied. The one concession that was wanted to be made was he needed to have a late tee time on Friday afternoon.Event director Todd Barr mentioned he was more than pleased to accommodate him.“He had a radiation treatment scheduled for Friday morning, so he did that and then came to the course to play in the afternoon,” Barr mentioned. “That’s impressive.”Davis mentioned he was fairly beat up and exhausted halfway by means of his spherical on Friday, However he couldn’t assist however consider his late daughter, Jessica Hill Davis.Jessica, who was a senior at Reagan Excessive College in 2011, died after a battle with cystic fibrosis on the age of 18. She had battled well being points together with her lungs for greater than three years, and her father mentioned her reminiscence is such an inspiration to him.“I can’t help but fight this and think about what she went through and the inspiration she showed,” Davis mentioned preventing again tears. “I get these needles put in me from time to time and all that, but she went through that every day and she never complained.”The Jessica Hill Davis Memorial Scholarship has been established as a part of the Crosby Scholar program, and Davis mentioned that’s an amazing solution to bear in mind his daughter. Davis and his spouse proceed to assist with the scholarship and are hopeful to maintain it going for a very long time.“She was going to go N.C. State, and she loved the Crosby Scholarship program,” Davis mentioned.As Davis performs within the remaining spherical at the moment at Tanglewood Park, he hopes to play somewhat higher. He’s an 18 handicap and loves the sport and loves being aggressive regardless of his well being struggles.“I’m out here and that’s all that matters,” Davis mentioned. “I wasn’t going to miss this tournament. It’s not about the scores or what I shoot, it’s about living.”

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