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Tourney for fun, golf, education
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The third annual Henry “Hank” White Memorial Golf Tournament kicks off Saturday morning and planners are expecting another year of great golf and fundraising for scholarships to be awarded to local students.
“We have 20 teams entered into the tournament this year,” organizer Derrick Taylor said. “And we’re looking forward to a real good turnout with all our participants to raise money for the scholarships for our community.”
Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Cherokee Rose Country Club in Hinesville with the opening ceremony featuring 3rd Infantry Division Garrison Commander Col. Todd Buchs as the guest speaker to follow at 8:30 a.m.
Golfers will tee off at 9 a.m.
Although prizes will be handed out, including a 2007 Toyota Camry or Tacoma if a someone hits a hole-in-one, Taylor said the focus of the event is honoring the memory of Henry “Hank” White and helping students pay for the increasing costs of college.
White’s sons, Hank Jr. and Derek White, along with Taylor and White Sr.’s widow, Jo, created the tournament in 2005 as a way to pay homage to the Vietnam War veteran’s love for both golf and giving back to the community.
Since its inception, the tournament has helped 12 students pay for college with the $1,000 scholarships organizers award each year.
“It’s for a good cause,” Taylor said. “We’re going to play golf, but more important is that the kids in the community, the young people in the community, will have an opportunity to advance their education and one day become productive citizens in our community.”
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