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VALDOSTA — Golfers from the Valdosta area will tee off next week to support the fight against cancer.

The annual American Cancer Society golf tournament will be held next week at Stone Creek Golf Club. Around 60 four-man teams are expected to compete in the tournament.

“We’re ready to go,” longtime tournament chairman Ashley Paulk said. “We’ve been very blessed. We’ve probably got as much participation this year as we’ve ever had. We’re in the neighborhood of 60 teams, and we’ve got a bunch of hole sponsors.”

While each team will play only one round, the tournament will last three days (July 7-9), because there are so many teams that are signed up to play. Paulk said this tournament might have the most participation of any American Cancer Society tournament in the state.

The tournament will begin with a 1 p.m. shotgun start each day.

Every cent raised at the tournament will be given to the American Cancer Society. Paulk says he’s hoping the tournament will raise between $35,000 and 40,000 for the American Cancer Society.

“You never know which dollar is going to be the dollar (that leads to cancer being cured),” Paulk said. “I hope we raise that magic dollar.”

There is still room for more teams to sign up for the tournament.  Anyone wishing to compete in the tournament can call Lisa at Valdosta Electric Company at (229) 242-3306.

The American Cancer Society gives around $100 million a year towards fighting cancer, with most of that money going towards research.

American Cancer Society golf tournaments take place all over the United States. For around three decades, there has been a golf tournament every year in Valdosta to raise money for the fight against cancer.

“American Cancer Society golf tournaments provide players of all skill levels an outstanding golf experience and the opportunity to support cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient service programs in local communities,” the American Cancer Society’s Web site says.

For more information on the American Cancer Society, visit its Web site, www.cancer.org.

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