Members of the Evans High School golf team have something in common with Tiger Woods.
Woods has a habit of cashing checks, and thanks to some contributions from local businesses last week, the Knights have some money in the bank.
Edward Jones Investments, the Evans Kiwanis Club, Super Coups and Great Clips for Hair all made donations to the Evans golf program last week.
"Golf is just as important as any of the other sports," said Adam Meister, a representative from Edward Jones Investments. "This donation is a good way to support the kids in the Evans area."
Some of that windfall might find its way to Tiger's back pocket - Evans golf coach Mike Bibee will use a portion of the donated dollars to defray the cost of Nike Tiger Woods Tour Accuracy golf balls, which he purchased for the Knights to use in upcoming matches.
Evans High School golf coach Mike Bibee (from left) and
students Zac Tilton and Kristen Bragg accept a donation from Adam Meister of Edward Jones Investments; Tim Upton of Great Clips; and Ed Reaves of Super Coups, to
benefit the golf team.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
"Like most spring sports, golf is an unfunded sport, so we do fund-raisers and rely on donations to the program," Bibee said at Friday's presentation. "You don't want the kids to have to pay for all of their equipment. Because of these types of donations, we've been able to get extra shirts, wind-breakers and a dozen balls for each player."
The Evans High athletic department also purchased golf balls for the team this year, and travel and lodging for golf matches is also included in the athletic budget.
But every little bit helps.
"I think it's great to get some support from the community," Evans senior golfer Zac Tilton said. "With all the other sports programs here, the school doesn't really have a chance to give us a lot."
Since Evans' teams began competing in an Atlanta-based region in 2000, the school's athletic program has been saddled with extra travel costs.
Bibee says donations are one way to ease the financial burden. For instance, donated money will be used to purchase golf trophies for the season-ending sports awards banquet.
"We don't want to out the athletic department in a tighter bind than it's already in," Bibee said. "The less we can ask for, the better."
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