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Raising money with golf

Want to tee up and support a good cause? This spring offers two opportunities to mix charity with pleasure.
First up is a golf tournament organized jointly by the Relay for Life teams at Pisgah United Methodist Church and Salem Baptist Church.
“We’re just trying to raise as much money as possible to go to the Relay,” said Brad Gates, one of the organizers.
The tournament will be held at the Lincoln Country Club April 29. The cost is $50 per person and $200 per team.
Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the tournament starts at 2 p.m. Early registration is welcome.
The event will also include a lunch fund raiser. Barbecue plates will be $5 each and hot dogs will be $1 each.
All proceeds go to a worthy cause, the American Cancer Society, and it provides an enjoyable afternoon for golf enthusiasts.
“It just gives us an opportunity to spend time with our friends,” Gates said. “We don’t necessarily have to be great at it, but we enjoy the outdoors, we enjoy the fellowship together.”
A little later in the spring, May 19, the Lincoln Family YMCA will host its “Masters of the Amateurs” golf tournament.
The event raises money for underprivileged children to become active in the YMCA at discounted rates or free of charge.
“There are so many kids in our community that want to come to the Y and participate in our programs and need to be in our programs,” said Ron Johnston, executive director of the YMCA. “We do everything we can to get them in there.”
Programs include summer day camp, swimming lessons and “Kids in Motion.”
The tournament will be held at the Lincoln Country Club and the with lunch and registration beginning at 10:30 .m. The shotgun start will be at noon. The fee is $100 per player.
Johnston works towards organizing a “quality” event.
“Every level of our tournaments, we really try to impress the golfers and sponsors,” Johnston said.
Court Street Grille will provide lunch for the golfers. The gift bag will include a golf T-shirt, tees and golf balls among other things. There is a chance to win a car on four par threes.
“It’s not likely that someone will get a hole-in-one,” Johnston said. “But it has happened.”
Dessert will be served at every par three and door prizes include framed pictures, furniture and a La-Z-Boy recliner.
Organizers are hoping to raise around $10,000.
“We’re just trying to raise as much money as we can so we can reach more kids,” Johnston said.
Want to go? For more information on the Relay for Life Golf Tournament call Brad Gates at (704) 473-0283. The tournament will take place April 29 and early registration is appreciated.
For more information on the YMCA Masters of the Amateurs Golf Tournament call (704) 748-9311. The tournament will take place May 19 and early registration is appreciated.
by Sarah Grano

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