St. John’s United Methodist Church will hold the fourth annual Jack Meeks Wheelchair Ramp Memorial Golf Tournament on May 17 at Houndslake Country Club.


The tournament supports the Jack Meeks Wheelchair Ramp Ministry. The ministry builds between 18-20 ramps each year for local residents in need, regardless of church affiliation. So far in 2013, the ministry has built 12 ramps for residents of Aiken.


The St. John’s United Methodist Men began building ramps for those in need in the 1990s. Jack Meeks was a member of the United Methodist Men and led the ministry for about six years until he was diagnosed with cancer.


The ministry was renamed in memory of Jack Meeks after he passed away in 2009.


Proceeds from the tournament directly fund the building of the ramps, as the cost for construction of each ramp is around $700.


Participants may register before the event by visiting the church office or by contacting Steve Lathrop, the United Methodist Men president, at 803-649-4508. Registration will also be available the morning of the tournament beginning at 8 a.m. The cost for registration is $75 per player, and lunch is included.


The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. with groups of four: all men, all women and Jack and Jill. Participants can be paired with partners if necessary.