DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Boys & Girls Club of the Wiregrass held its inaugural golf tournament Thursday at Highland Oaks Golf Course.
Twenty-five, four-person teams teed off to help the youth of the Boys & Girls Club.
Organizers hoped the tournament would be more successful than other fundraisers they’ve had in the past and so far they’re more than pleased with the turnout.
“Everybody’s wanting to get outside now,” Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Wiregrass, Phillip Gilley said. “The weather’s beautiful. A little bit less on the COVID restrictions. Everybody can get out and do some activities. I think it’s a good choice for us to do on an annual basis and hopefully build it up to be even bigger and better next year.”
Proceeds from participants and sponsorships will primarily go to financial assistance for families in need.
“For some of our families that are in need, financial difficulties,” Gilley said. “We don’t want any child to be denied going to the Boys & Girls Club because of financial situations, so a lot of that will go there. But also some of it will be going for upgrades for our new technical building.”
Participants told WDHN, they think a golf tournament is a great way to get the community involved with the organization.
“It might bring a little bit more recognition to the Boys & Girls Club and give them an opportunity that they can get involved and you don’t just have to get involved monetarily,” tournament participant, Mike Bridges said. “You can also give time, resources and things like that and it just brings more awareness to that.”
Among the participants, were multiple high school teams and one shared that they were excited to give back to local youth.
“It gets a lot of people out because everybody loves golf,” said Slocomb High School golfer, Kyle Chase. “It’s a sport that everyone can play, young and old.”
Thursday’s first and second place teams won plaques with photos signed that were signed by the children of the Boys & Girls Club.