May 8, 2014

Hamilton Coalition Golf Tournament-28 golfers hit the links “fore” our youth

May 8, 2014 Joyce Marie Taylor Suwannee Democrat

Jasper — The Hamilton County Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Coalition held their 7th Annual Fundraiser Golf Tournament on Friday, April 25, at Florida Gateway Golf & Country Club in Jasper.
Registration began at 8:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. A total of 28 golfers, seven teams with four golfers each, hit the links on a somewhat overcast morning, but nonetheless anxious to show off their golfing skills.

Members of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Explorers Post 556 were on hand to help with the set up, along with the Florida Gateway team that included owner Raj Doobay, his assistant Brianne Cirone, Al Krulick, Stephanie Koch, Jon Carleen and Rishie Doobay. Use of the facilities was provided free of charge to the Coalition.

“We're proud to have the Hamilton County team playing here,” said Raj Doobay. “What we need from you guys is all the support we can get out here to keep this going as a golf course. There's a lot of changes happening, slowly, but surely.”

Bottled water was provided by Nestle and “Moose Poop” cookies – yes, you heard it right – were provided on behalf of Hamilton County Special Olympics. The cookies were made using chocolate chips, oatmeal and walnuts, and if one used their imagination they could see how the cookies got their name.

After the last golf ball was sunk into the 9th hole, the golfers moved inside to the clubhouse for a delightful luncheon, announcement of the tournament winners and door prize winners.

The first place winners were the “Metal Coat Team”, (Clyde Amerson, Gary Godwin, Greg Godwin and Ted Miller).

“Who Cares” (Buck Roberts, Jimmy Morgan, Glenn Bechet and Keith Mertfeld) took second place.

Corporate sponsors for the event were Gateway Country Club and Resort and Potash Corporation. Business sponsors were Hamilton County School Board and Superintendent, Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative, CDS Family and Behavior Health, Duke Energy, First Federal Bank of Florida and Lowndes Timber, Inc.

Hole sponsors were Judge Sonny Scaff, Kenneth M. Daniels, CPA, P.A., Jerry B. Smith Jr. D.M.D., Brown’s Flowers & Gifts, Sandy McCall Printing, Inc., Hardee’s of Jasper, City of Jasper, Hitchcock’s Market, Hope Program of White Springs, Hamilton County Health Department, Hamilton County Constitutional Officers, Hitson Realty, Inc., Jasper Auto & Supply, Harrell Insurance Company, Kiwanis Club, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Cail, Suzette Wiggins, Candidate, /Blair Payne, Public Defender, 3rd Judicial Circuit, City of Jennings, City of Jasper, Don Fenneman & Family, SWAT of Hamilton County, 3 Ways to Quit-Tobacco Free Florida, S&S Food Stores, Jim Jean Real Estate, Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce and D&S Signs.  

Other sponsors who donated gifts, food or prepared food were David Goolsby and Rick Young, Property Appraiser’s office, Sugar Dumplins, Special Olympics (Crystal Eudy), City of White Springs (Helen Miller, Mayor); Jasper Hardware, Laura and Trammel Dees, Brenda Carter and Grace McDonald. Volunteer services were provided by Explorers Troop, Kyle and Connor Lee, and Coalition members.

The prevention coalition began as the Advisory Council to Hamilton County Safe and Drug Free Schools program in the early 1900’s and evolved into a grassroots coalition in 2003 that continues today. Their mission is to reduce substance abuse among youth and adults by addressing factors in the community that serve to increase the risk of substance abuse, according to Executive Director Grace McDonald.
For more information about the Coalition, contact Grace McDonald at 386-792-9388.

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