The Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County enjoyed the best player participation ever for its annual golf fundraiser, held April 26 across the rolling terrain of Doublegate Country Club.
Nearly three dozen two-person teams registered to play in the 13th annual Charles H. Smith Memorial Golf Tournament. The afternoon event followed a lunch cookout for golfers and Kiwanis members of charcoal-grilled hamburgers with all the trimmings.
Funds raised by the tournament will go to toward the DoCo Kiwanis Club’s support of various community projects and activities in Dougherty and Lee counties.
As the golfers made their way through the course, they were greeted at the holes by signs announcing hole-sponsors for the tournament. These included DOCO, Judy Varnell, Dasher & Padgett (Tommy Gay and Tommy Padgett), Busy Elves Christmas Tree Farm (Joedy Putnall), ADT (Jay Carpeter), John Ross Jewelers (Chuck Roberts), Parker Security (Lamar Parker), ReMax in Motion (Dorene Parker), Albany Audiology (Dr. Doug Lorber), Vein Clinic (Dr. Price Corr), Rodd Electronics (Ken Rodd), NEOS Technology (Rob Collins), Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors (Jason Thornhill), )Albany Winnelson (Larry Price), Betts Smith, Gail and Rod Carter, Brown-McDaniel CPA (Richard Brown, Bill McDaniel), Brown-Detheridge Insurance (Scott Brown), Taylor Insurance (Jimmy Taylor), Coopercraft Communications (Jim Hall), Ross & Levy LLC (Todd Ross), Crown Networking (Kyle Boyd), F&W Forestry (Rob Routhier), Consumer Credit Counseling (Irma Whiddon), Cartridge World (Alan Greer), VanCleave Construction Company, and Darsey Oil Company (Chuck Darsey).
At the conclusion of the tournament, which was formatted as a two-person scramble event, prize winners were announced across a wide variety of categories. Donating prizes for the tourney were Regions Bank (Keith Fletcher and Jay Montgomery), Albany Beverage Company (Ray Jennings), John Ross Jewelers (Chuck Roberts), Miller-Coors Brewing (Nick Cribb), Tim Thomas State Farm Agency, Loco’s Deli and Pub, Phoebe Putney Hospital (Gail Carter), Edwards Motor Company (Lee Davis and Billy Edwards), Rooster’s Restaurant, Buffalo Rock Pepsi (Mike McDonald and Keith Dedge), Heritage Bank (Lisa Concilio Cosper), and Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia (Sandy Wingard),
Club fundraising committee chair Mike Bertram expressed a “big thanks” to all club members who helped in some way with the tournament, but especially to Kathleen Moylan, Ben Lockett, David Shivers, Bob Fowler, Don Bush, Larry Sellers, Chuck Darsey, Ken Rodd, Betts Smith, Carolyn Gay, JoAnn Wright, Sammie Harewood, Cheryl Henley, Kay Hind, and Ann Owen.
“They were the ones,” said Bertram, “who helped set up all the logistics and with the registration, lunch, and clean-up at the golf course to make this event run smoothly while others played golf.” Thanks also went to St. Patrick’s Episcopal and the Rev. Jay Weldon for furnishing ice.
Bertram also said, “This was the most participants we ever registered for our annual Charles H. Smith Golf Tournament, and I just want to thank all who sponsored holes and donated prizes, and those who took the time to come and play and enjoy fellowship in this tournament, benefiting the various charities in and around Dougherty and Lee counties.”
Without those who played a part either in the tournament or behind the scenes, Bertram concluded, “the vision of Kiwanis could not (in the words of the Kiwanis motto) ‘Reach and Change the World One Child and One Community at a time.’”
The Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County’s next major fundraiser, the annual Pritchett-Pippen Dance Recital, is set for May 29 and 30 at Lee County High School in Leesburg.
The competing teams line up in preparation for tee-off of the Charles E. Smith Memorial Golf Tournament at Doublegate Country Club.
DoCo Kiwanian Bob Fowler works over a hot grill to turn out champion hamburgers for golfers and Kiwanians at the tournament.
Golfers warm up with practice swings and putting just prior to the Kiwanis golf tournament on April 26.