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Organizations use area’s love of golf to raise needed funds
by Adam Elrod
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Fellowship of Christian Athletes members, from left, Douglas FCA Board Member Nick Byers, Jeff Hughes, area representative for Carroll and Douglas counties; Paulding FCA Area Director Robbie Finley and Douglas FCA Area Representative Steve Camp play The Frog golf club before their upcoming golf tournament.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes members, from left, Douglas FCA Board Member Nick Byers, Jeff Hughes, area representative for Carroll and Douglas counties; Paulding FCA Area Director Robbie Finley and Douglas FCA Area Representative Steve Camp play The Frog golf club before their upcoming golf tournament.
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Terry Leard parks his golf cart to enjoy a sunny day at the Bentwater Golf Club.
Terry Leard parks his golf cart to enjoy a sunny day at the Bentwater Golf Club.
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Robbie Finley Area Director of Paulding FCA attempts to chip one in to the green during a recent game.
Robbie Finley Area Director of Paulding FCA attempts to chip one in to the green during a recent game.
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Making a birdie on the 18th hole Steve Camp Area Represenative of Douglas FCA practices with a few rounds before their big tournament.
Making a birdie on the 18th hole Steve Camp Area Represenative of Douglas FCA practices with a few rounds before their big tournament.
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Nick Byers, Board Member of the Douglas FCA makes sure to choose the right club for a shot at the Frog Golf Course.
Nick Byers, Board Member of the Douglas FCA makes sure to choose the right club for a shot at the Frog Golf Course.
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With warm weather and springtime in full swing, nonprofits countywide are swinging golf clubs to raise funds in annual tournaments.

Groups ranging from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department to the Paulding County Board of Commissioners, Paulding County Rotary Club and Paulding Education Foundation count on golfing enthusiasts to help support their charitable causes each year.

The Dallas Rotary Club and the Douglas and Paulding County Fellowship of Christian Athletes are among the organizations scheduled to host tournaments in coming weeks.

Tanya Hogan, president of the Dallas Rotary Club, said it uses its annual tournament to pay for such projects as its Paulding Teacher of the Month award, United Way, Shepherd’s Rest and a club project to give a dictionary to every third-grade student in Paulding.

“Our goal is to get hole sponsors,” Hogan said.

The tournament is scheduled for May 29 at Bentwater Golf Club in Acworth.

Hogan said Rotary is hoping to raise about $6,000.

The range opens and box lunches will be served at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Sponsorships range from $150 to $1,000.

Cost for the tournament is $400 per team of four and $100 per individual.

The South Paulding Touchdown Club will host the South Paulding Spartans Football Golf Tournament May 30 at The Frog Golf Club in Villa Rica. The event benefits South Paulding High School’s football program.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and tee time is at 9 a.m.

The four-man scramble is $500 per team, which includes hole advertisement. Hole sponsorships are $100.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf Classic is scheduled for June 13 at The Frog Golf Club in Villa Rica.

It is the No. 1 fundraiser for the organization, said Steve Camp, Douglas County area representative for the group.

Robbie Finley, the group’s coaches director for Paulding and Douglas, said they hope to attract around 144 golfers and raise about $15,000.

They had 80 signed up as of May 15, he said. Money raised will help send students to summer camps for sports or Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership – as well as send coaches to camp.

“Over 200 kids will go to camp this year from Paulding and Douglas County,” Finley said.

About 47 coaches will be going to camp with the funds raised.

Nick Byers, board member for Douglas County Fellowship of Christian Athletes, said camps help teach coaches how to be a positive influence on their players.

Residents who typically play in the tournament are local business leaders, coaches and pastors, he said.

“There is really great community involvement,” Byers said.

Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The cost is $400 per team of four before June 1 and $500 after June 1.
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