It's hard to believe it has been nearly seven months since the tragic automobile accident that claimed the lives of Greenbrier High School golfers Daniel Hall and Shane Williams.
The members of the Wolfpack golf team were killed while traveling to play in a match near Lincolnton, Ga.
The two certainly will not be forgotten, and their legacy is going to soon have an impact at the Brierpatch.
I recently had a chance to meet with Shane's father, Nick Williams, and family friend Mark Weinstein. They are spearheading a large fund-raiser to build a golf practice facility on the Greenbrier campus to honor Daniel and Shane.
The plan is to construct a green, two tee boxes and several sand traps. The complex will be behind the softball field at Greenbrier.
The great thing about the practice area is that Greenbrier isn't the only golf team that will benefit. The plans are to open the facility to other local middle school and high school players.
Obviously, a project of this magnitude requires money. The estimated cost of the venture is between $25,000 and $30,000.
Any help to cover the costs would be greatly appreciated.
There are several fund-raisers in the works to help finance the project, but any donations would go a long way toward making this dream a reality, and could help Nick Williams and Weinstein reach their target-completion date of late winter to early spring of 2004.
The practice facility is not the only tribute currently in the works - Mr. Williams also plans to start a golf scholarship in Shane's name.
The families already have received an outpouring of support from people across the Southeast, but additional help is needed.
If you would like to assist in this worthy endeavor, please send donations to:
Greenbrier High School Booster Club
Memorial Golf Practice Area
5114 Riverwood Drive
Evans, GA 30809
Daniel and Shane loved playing golf, and they especially loved playing for the Greenbrier golf team. I have a feeling they are still with the Pack in spirit, and they have to be pleased that they will have such a great impact on high-school golf for years to come.
So please help out if you are able, and continue to follow this story. In the near future I will provide further details on the fundraisers.
I for one plan to do anything possible to make this memorial possible, and I think the generous people in this community will gladly do the same.
If we all pull together for this cause, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Brierpatch early next year.
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