Local children benefit from golf tourneys

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 18, 2005

The Greenville Fraternal Order of Police has always given to a local charity. So when the local lodge was looking for a new charity to donate to, the Childrens Advocacy Center was a natural choice.

Now the two work together each year to host a charity golf tournament at Cambrian Ridge Golf Course.

"We had other charities fall out of the tournament, so for the last three or four years we chose who we wanted to support," said Justin Lovvorn, who is a sergeant on the Greenville Police Department and fellow lodge member. "Since then we've found that the advocacy center is a good foundation to work with."

The annual tournament, which will be a four-person scramble, will be held June 29. The entry fee is $75 to non-law enforcement members and $60 for members. A majority of the proceeds go to the Butler County Children's Advocacy Center.

And since the tournament now has a corporate sponsor, it has grown each year in money raised for the center.

The tournament has had almost 150 people participate in the tournament each year.

Deadline to enter the tournament is June 24. The entry fee is for 18 holes, a golf cart, free range balls, use of the practice green, on-course refreshments, dinner and the awards ceremony.

Last year, the Jaycees benefit tournament had 17 three-man teams participate.

Jaycees President William Martin said he hoped to have as many if not more teams this year. A majority of the teams who do play are from the Greenville area, but Martin said that players do come from outside the area just to play on one of the Robert Trent Golf Trail stops.

Cost to play in the tournament is $80 per person. Hole sponsorship is $100 per hole. A three-man team and hole sponsorship is $300.

"When (the Department of Human Resouces) calls us, we do anything we can to help," Martin said.

Call Martin at 227-0232 for more information about the tournament.