by David Shivers
The rolling greens of Doublegate Country Club on a pleasant, though at times overcast, Monday afternoon were the setting for the 2013 Charles H. Smith Memorial Golf Tournament sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County.
Some 35 golfers turned out for the fundraising event, preceded by a hamburger cookout lunch. The golf outing is part of Kiwanis of Dougherty’s traditional annual fundraising schedule, which also includes the next-up pancake breakfast scheduled for December 7 and Spring 2014’s Pritchett-Pippin Dance Recital.
The tournament winners were, in first, second, and third places respectively, were the teams of Melvin Paulk and Merlin Paulk; Dr. Price Corr and Sam Strickland; and Chuck Roberts and Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul.
The tournament, played in a two-man scramble format, is named in honor of the late Charles H. Smith III, a prominent Albanian and Kiwanian who also served as Kiwanis Georgia District Governor in 1968. His widow, Mrs. Betts Smith, could be found at the 2013 tournament helping to register participants.
After the tourney’s conclusion, participants were eligible for drawing door prizes that ranged from caps and visors to golf bags, camping chairs, and a state-of-the-art cooler. Prizes and holes along the 18-hole course were sponsored by numerous local businesses.
Proceeds from the golf tournament and other annual fundraisers benefit the many projects and activities undertaken by the Kiwanis of Dougherty club that are designed to help children succeed academically and develop into productive, successful members of society.
Betts Smith (seated) assists player and Kiwanian Larry Price with a registration task.