Church’s golf tourney to help families in need
by Megan Thornton
May 18, 2013 12:00 AM | 1133 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Golfers get ready to participate in a previous golf tournament organized by the men of St. Andrew United Methodist Church. <br>Special to the MDJ
Golfers get ready to participate in a previous golf tournament organized by the men of St. Andrew United Methodist Church.
Special to the MDJ
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The men of St. Andrew United Methodist Church are taking to the golf links Monday to raise money to help local families for the winter holidays.

The Marietta church, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, invites golfers to bring their church members, family and friends for the 16th annual golf outing at Eagle Watch Golf Club in Woodstock.

Larry Grimm, co-president of the church’s men’s group, said he’s looking forward to a great day on the course to help give back to the community.

“This is the only fundraiser that our group has each year to help us meet the needs of less fortunate families in our area during Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Grimm said.

The event typically garners enough money to afford a week’s worth of groceries, including a turkey or a ham, for each of 75 families served during Thanksgiving and Christmas, co-president Rick Denman said.

“We have also provided presents to 200 children of those less fortunate families,” Denman said.

Charlie Paine, chairman of the golf committee, said each year the group is typically able to raise as much as $7,000 during the event.

This year, 104 golfers have already signed up, Paine said. In the event’s best year, a total of 108 golfers participated.

The tournament will follow a Ft. Lauderdale Scramble format. Admission costs $95 for an individual player including lunch and a gift package and $15 for lunch only.

Prizes will be awarded to the first place teams in each flight and the male and female players who shoot closest to the pin on par three holes — Hole 14 for men and Hole 17 for women.

If a player scores a hole in one on Hole 4, organizers said he or she can expect a “major prize.” Lunch attendees can also expect door prizes for a select few lucky winners.

Registration will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Eagle Watch Golf Club is at 3055 Eagle Watch Drive in Woodstock.

Team sponsorships, flag sponsorships and hole sponsorships are also available. To register or purchase a sponsorship online, visit www.thepumpkinchurch.org/GolfOuting2013.

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