Plank Owners

Become a Plank Owner and help us launch Gene’s Dream.

What is a Plank Owner?

A “plank owner” is an individual who was a member of the crew of a ship when that ship was constructed, launched and joined the U.S. Navy fleet. The Navy removed a small portion of the wooden decks as a traditional reminder of the time when “wooden hulls and iron men” were a key part of the Navy.

The “old salt” Gene Weldon would remember this tradition.

You have the opportunity….

….to help us launch the Gene’s Dream Foundation, with proceeds benefiting The First Tee of Coastal Carolinas



How do I become a Plank Owner?

Contribute $500 or provide services to the foundation as recognized by the Board of Directors. $1,000 level designates you as an Upper Deck Plank Owner.

Drop us a line on the Contact Us page.



You will receive:


Photo autographed by the Golf Channel’s Charlie Rymer and Kelly Tilghman


Personalized certificate


Attractive portfolio


Advance notice of upcoming events


Recognition on this site