Valdosta Daily Times

February 19, 2013

David Apperson tourney still accepting teams

Ed Hooper
The Valdosta Daily Times

ADEL — The David Apperson Memorial Golf Tournament will be held next weekend at Circlestone Country Club in Adel.

The tournament will begin Friday, March 1, and will be held across all three days of the weekend.

While it is too late to buy a hole sponsorship, it is not too late to register a 3-person team for the tournament on any of the three days.

The cost is $375 for a team of three players, and includes green and cart fees and a lunch on the day of the event.

All proceeds of the event benefit local area schools and, starting this year, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Foundations.

“Our goal has always been to support our local schools but this year we are extending our support to a college dear to us,” said John Scarboro, the owner of Circlestone Country Club and Apperson’s father-in-law. “Many Wiregrass Georgia Technical College students were impacted by the Hope changes and some were forced to drop out or drop classes in order to save money to finish their education. When we heard how they were impacted, we decided to open our hearts by providing some deserving students with scholarships.”

Teams may register for the event until next Wednesday, Feb. 27, through the Circlestone Country Club Pro Shop.

Persons interested may contact golf pro Travis Lane at 229-896-3896 or the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Foundation South at 229-293-6190.

Players will submit their handicap scores prior to competing in the tournament to help better accurately monitor scoring in the event.

Prizes will be awarded each day of the tournament, with the winning team earning $400. Second and third place teams will receive plaques commemorating their finish.

The Jim Apperson Memorial Tournament was established to honor Jim Apperson, who died in the earthquake that ravished Haiti in Jan. 2010.

Apperson, an avid golfer who was better known for helping the less fortunate, was in the country’s capitol city, Port au Prince, when the earthquakes began. He was working on building basketball courts for the local community.

An event established by his family, the golf tournament began as a one-day golf event in Adel that has now flourished into a three-day event.

Importantly, the tournament was established to honor David’s legacy and help the local schools in the process.