Joyce Marie Taylor
The Hamilton County Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Coalition (the Coalition) held their 6th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament on Friday, April 26, at Florida Gateway Resort and Country Club (formerly Suwannee Valley Golf Course). First place trophy winners were the Marjorie Carmichael team.
The sign on the front door of the Florida Gateway Resort and Country Club says, “Pardon our dust” because there is still construction going on, but inside it was hard to tell, as everything looked and smelled new and clean.
About 40 anxious golfers, both men and women, began arriving on a beautiful Friday morning, ready to hit the links for a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Before the game started, general manager and golf pro Robert (Bob) Budwick welcomed everyone to the newly revamped golf course and clubhouse.
“We had some big changes here,” said Budwick. “A lot of good things are coming. We have some new owners. Florida Gateway Resort bought this place about five weeks ago and they’re really starting to spend some money. We really enjoy them being here.”
Budwick said there are a lot more plans for upgrades at the country club and if anyone would like to see the master plans they are set up in the Pro Shop. He also thanked all the golfers for coming out to support the Coalition.
Members of the Coalition worked hard getting everyone checked in, decorating the banquet room, as well as making certain all the golfers had plenty to eat and drink, including an assortment of snacks and lots and lots of water. There were also door prizes and a delightful lunch was provided to all after a hard day on the golf course, which consisted of barbecued chicken, baked beans, potato salad and bread.
At the awards ceremony/luncheon the Marjorie Carmichael team snagged the first place trophy with players Marjorie Carmichael, Curtis Koon, Sam Roberson and Henry Roberson.
The second place trophy was presented to the Metal Coat team with players Clyde Amerson, Gary Godwin, Ted Miller and Greg Godwin.
The last place consolation prize trophy went to the Campers team with Lynn Hagen-Gentry, David Eure, Richard White and Bob Gentry.
Coalition Executive Director Grace McDonald said, “They all said they had a wonderful time and that they couldn’t wait to come back again next year.”
Corporate sponsors for the event were PotashCorp and Well Florida Council. Business sponsors included Hamilton County School Board and Superintendent, First Federal, Progress Energy, Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc., CDS Family and Behavioral Health Services, Inc. and Metal Coat, Inc.
The Golf Pro Shop opens daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bar and grill is open weekends and for scrambles and a restaurant will be coming soon. For more information about Florida Gateway Resort and Country Club call 386-792-1990.
For more information about the Coalition contact Executive Director Grace McDonald at 386-792-9388 or any Coalition member.
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