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Country music sensation Clay Walker has raised tens of thousands of dollars for a charity he established to help multiple sclerosis sufferers by holding a golf tournament.

The inaugural “Clay Walker Charity Classic” raised over $72,000 on behalf of his non-profit charity Band Against MS (BAMS), a foundation he started in 2003 to find a cure for the disorder and provide support for sufferers.

“Our first BAMS Charity golf event was more successful than we could have hoped for!” said the singer, who was diagnosed with MS in 1996. “Not only did we raise over $72,000 for BAMS, but we all got to spend three days in the California sunshine on the greatest golf courses in the world – we are thrilled to announce that our inaugural tournament was a huge success.”

The event included three days of golf at Spyglass Hill, Spanish Bay and Pebble Beach Golf Links, and also featured a gala benefiting BAMS which included an exclusive concert by Walker and his band.

“It was everything you could dream of and more,” he said. “That I can even be out here playing golf, walking 54 holes after 12 years of having MS. The fact that I’m still able to be athletic and do the things I love. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to do a tournament. It’s about getting the message out there to others who have the disease that they don’t have to stop doing the things they love to do.”

Walker is also keen to hold another tournament next year.

“I can’t wait to come back,” Walker said. “I’d been looking for a way to give back in the biggest way possible. Pebble Beach is one of the most beautiful places in the country. I’m just grateful to be able to raise awareness and funding for a disease that affects so many. It was a spectacular week.”

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