Valdosta Daily Times

November 16, 2012

Supporting the YMCA

Golfers raise money to benefit the YMCA

Christian Malone
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Local golfers teed off at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club on Thursday to help raise money for the YMCA.

The 23rd annual YMCA Golf Tournament took place on Thursday. More than 30 teams competed in this year’s event.

“We had over 30 teams this year, and we had community-wide support for our event,” Valdosta YMCA chief executive officer Larry Tobey said. “Kinderlou’s golf course was just in fantastic shape, as it always is each year. ... We rely on all of the support from our community to make this a successful event.”

Proceeds from the tournament benefit the YMCA’s youth programs, summer day camp, PrimeTime, gymnastics, swim team, Challenger League and a number of other beneficial programs the YMCA offers. In turn, the YMCA gives back to the United Way Annual Campaign.

“Half of the net proceeds go towards the United Way and our sister agencies that are involved in (the United Way),” Tobey said. “It’s a worthwhile event for the YMCA to put on, and it’s a very worthwhile event for our community to support, because it benefits not only the Y as an agency but others also.”

The golf tournament is one of the YMCA’s biggest fundraisers.

For the second year in a row, the team from the Langdale Company was the net winner. Jim Hickman, Mark Robinson, Randy Terrill and Tobey defended their title from last year, earning a net score of 52.9.

The gross winner was the team of Doug Rayford, David Mathews, Billy Mathews and Danny Willis, with a score of 54.

The tournament’s master sponsors were Chick-fil-A, Johnson’s Distributing, Langdale Ford, Mediacom, Pepsi and South Georgia Medical Center.

“I’d like to also thank all of the sponsors and all the individuals that support us from year to year that make this event special,” Tobey said.

“I’d also like to give a special thanks to the YMCA staff and board members. Without them, this event wouldn’t be possible. They work so hard to make this a successful event.”