The Fishers of Men Ministry of Oakley Grove Baptist Church’s fourth annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday at the Bartram Trail Golf Course is special to event organizer Charles Whitfield for a few reasons.
It is a chance for Whitfield and the church to help give back to the community and for Whitfield to spend another day out on the links with his son Moye, a junior at Evans High School.
“One of the things is my son is participating and my son has an inoperable brain tumor,” Whitfield said. “The main reason I want everyone to know about this golf tournament is that we are raising funds to help agencies or charities in the community, because they helped my son, like MCG and Children’s Hospital.”
It costs individuals $75 to play and corporate sponsorship levels are $350, $600, $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000. All the proceeds will be split among three charities: Julie’s House, Inc., the Augusta chapter of Sigma Beta Club and the Oakley Grove Resource Center.
“Their only support is the community that offers them donations, so we want to try to do the best we can to help them out,” Whitfield said. The purpose is worthy, so we look forward to doing everything we can to help someone out.”
Whitfield got his son playing golf in middle school.
“Golf helped me through life a lot,” said Moye. “It gets me through the day. It doesn’t tire me like other sports do. Golf is like the only sport I can play, but I’m still happy I have a sport I can play still. Some sports are kind of dangerous for me to play. Golf is a really, good sport for me to play.”
Golfers will have a chance to win prizes like $10,000 cash or a $40,000 GMC truck, provided by Master Buick, on two of the par-3’s or $2,500 in a putting competition.
Playing with his father is special for Moye.
“It means a lot because I know my dad can’t really play, but he’s still out there,” Moye Whitfield said.
Register for the tournament by calling Whitfield at (706) 533-3408, the church at (706) 863-4215 or stop by the Bartram Trail clubhouse.
Saturday check-in begins at 10 a.m. with tee time at 12:30 p.m.