Golfers Against Cancer was started in the summer of 1997 by members of the Deerwood Club in Kingwood, Texas. The group was founded to show support to a Deerwood member and assistant pro who both had been diagnosed with cancer at the time. GAC was the idea of a Deerwood golf wife who told her husband, "if you are upset, then do something about it." Bobby Jones talked to his golf buddies Everette Bernal, Rod Felts and the Saturday morning gang at Deerwood and together they started Golfers Against Cancer. The mission of Golfers Against Cancer was to raise funds for cancer research to honor these friends battling cancer.
GAC first fundraising golf tournament was held in 1997 and it generated $80,000. All of the expenses in 1997 were paid for by two funding families that year which continues as a GAC core belief allowing new supporters to know their contributions go directily to cancer research.
The growth has been rapid ever since and through 2008, GAC has raised over $18 million (including matching funds and after expenses) and funded over 100 specific research projects at leading institutions around the nation focused on cures over a wide range of cancers.