Valdosta Daily Times

March 30, 2013

Doug Henderson III tourney raises money for local organizations

Christian Malone
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The ninth annual Doug Henderson III Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Friday at the Valdosta Country Club. There were 29 teams competing in this year’s tournament.

The tournament raised money for the Doug Henderson III Memorial Fund.

“It went very well,” said Bev Henderson, Doug Henderson III’s mother. “It was a very good year.”

The gross winners were the team of Justin Henderson, Tyler Dallas, Luukas Alakulppi and Mika Alakulppi, who shot a 55.

The net winners were the team of Monty Long, Derek Shaw, Brian Massingill and Taylor Biddle, whose score was 48.8.

The second-best net score belonged to Ashley Henderson, Al Akins, Brian Conley and Andy Williams, who had a 50.5.

Valdosta State football coach David Dean teamed up with Whit Chappell, Mason Barfield and Chuck Dunmon to place third in the net standings with a 51.7.

The second-best gross score was the team of Greg Blais, Greg Reid, Greg Hunter and Tommy Hobby, who shot a 56. Nate Balanis, Hiland Sanders, Justin Martin and John Dennis Wetherington had the third-best gross score, a 57.

Luukas Alakulppi won the closest to the pin competition. Josh Burke had the longest drive.

All of the proceeds from the tournament will go to the Doug Henderson III Memorial Fund, a charitable fund that supports a number of organizations in the Valdosta area. Some of the organizations the fund has given money to are: the Langdale Hospice House, the Lowndes County Partnership for Health, LAMP, Habitat for Humanity and the Boys and Girls Club of Valdosta. The Doug Henderson III Memorial Fund has also given 83 scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the area.

The annual golf tournament has raised around $250,000 in its first eight years, and all of that money was given to local organizations.

“Everything stays in Valdosta,” Bev Henderson said. “We don’t want it leaving Lowndes County.”

Bev Henderson thanked everyone who supported the tournament, including the 116 players who competed, the 40 hole sponsors and the Valdosta Country Club. Players came from as far away as the Atlanta area and Florida to play in the tournament.

Both of Doug Henderson III’s brothers played on teams that placed in the top three. His father, Doug Jr., also played in the tournament. And his infant nephew, Charles Douglas Henderson, was there watching the tournament.

Doug Henderson III was a Valdosta native who graduated from Valdosta High School and the University of Georgia and worked as an accountant at South Georgia Medical Center before being diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a rare type of cancer. He passed away on Sept. 6, 2003. After his death, his family started the Doug Henderson III Memorial Fund, with the intention of helping out charitable organizations in the community.