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Long golf tourney raises $8,000
Benefit is for Long County High School
Helping others: Darrell Balance presents Long County High School health occupation specialist Betty Manning with an automated external defibrillator. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
The Long County Alumni Association hosted its annual golf tournament this past weekend at the Cherokee Rose Country Club in Hinesville, and raised more than $8,000.
This year, 20 teams entered in the event and prizes were given out to the top three teams. Prizes were also awarded at all the Par 3 holes on the course.
After the tournament was over, participants enjoyed a barbecue dinner and then Darrell Ballance presented the awards.

• First place went to the team that included Sonny DeLoach, Adam Blocker, Steve Blocker and Jay Blocker.
 • The second place finishers were Robbie Fetzer, Drexel Blocker, Anthony Rentz and Eric Rentz.
 • Third place went to Chad Knudson, Glenn Knudson, Steven Bryant and Justin Harriman.
The tournament is hosted every year by the alumni to raise money to help support the Long County High School golf team, award scholarships to deserving LCHS graduates and other notable causes in the community.
This year, the money went to purchase four automated external defibrillators for each of the Long County schools. The device is the first-aid tool used to administer a shock to a person who is suffering cardiac arrest.
They are fairly easy to use and can be operated by most people with a simple block of instruction. Having an available AED is proven to increase the chance of saving someone who has gone into cardiac arrest.
In addition to the tournament prizes, Ballance also presented LCHS health occupation specialist Betty Manning with one of the AEDs.
“The alumni association always does so much for Long County, and them buying these AEDs for the schools is so much appreciated,” Manning said.
Besides purchasing the AEDs, the alumni will once again help worthy graduating seniors. This past year, the group gave out six $500 scholarships.
This year’s tournament was organized by Gene Davis, Steven Moore and Ballance.
“We were very happy with the support of the tournament and we appreciate all of the people who helped make it a success,” Ballance said.
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