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Clewiston Golf Course renamed in honor of former U.S. Sugar leader

From left, Clewiston City Commissioners Julio Rodriguez and Melanie McGahee, U.S. Sugar President and CEO Robert H. Buker and Mayor Mali Gardner attend the re-naming ceremony Sept. 15 at Clewiston Golf Course. (Courtesy photo)

CLEWISTON — Clewiston Golf Course has added to its name.

During a ceremony Sept. 15, the public 18-hole venue was renamed and dedicated in honor of a former U.S. Sugar executive. The course is now known as the J. Nelson Fairbanks Clewiston Golf Couse.

Company and city officials gathered at the course to make the announcement in Fairbanks’ memory.

“From his involvement in his church, local charitable organizations, and the Clewiston Golf Course, Nelson Fairbanks fully embraced the Clewiston community,” said Robert H. Buker, Jr., president and CEO of U.S. Sugar. “He is missed, and it is good to see his life and legacy memorialized at his favorite golf course that now bears his name.”

Fairbanks served as president and CEO of U.S. Sugar from 1987 until his retirement in 2000. He was known for his passion for sports and his love of the Clewiston community. An annual golf tournament in his name helped raise $316,000 for the course and city recreation programs.

“Nelson was a man of faith and his love of his family and community shined through during his time in leadership at U.S. Sugar,” said Mali Gardner, mayor of Clewiston. “The City of Clewiston appreciates the support he generated for our local golf course, which we are proud to dedicate in his honor.”