Golf to tee off event

Published 8:29 am Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Members of the Atmore Lions Club are hard at work again as they prepare for this year’s charity golf tournament to be held Saturday, Sept. 30 at Atmore Country Club.

Atmore Lions Club president Anne Hetzel said the event is always a good time but stressed the focus of the event is on raising funds for the club’s continued service to the Atmore area.

“Atmore Lions Club is humbled with the opportunity to serve many in our community and surrounding areas,” Hetzel said. “Many unsung volunteers work tirelessly leading up to the tournament and during the tournament. Their unselfish efforts bring a combined gift back to those we serve.”

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The annual golf tournament is the Lions Club’s largest fundraiser of the year with all proceeds benefiting the Lions’ various projects in the Atmore area, including a sight program which provides eye exams and glasses for those in need and a food drive coordinated with Bay Area Food Bank.

Lion Steven Van Pelt said he hoped participation for the 2011 event would be good.

“We are looking forward to another fun tournament this year,” Van Pelt said. “We hope to have a good turnout.”

Registration for this year’s tournament is $100 per golfer, $200 per team or $450 for a corporate sponsorship, which includes four golfers and a sign. Individual signs will be displayed in the tee boxes during the tournament and are available for purchase for $100 a piece. Registration will be held at 8:30 a.m. the day of the tournament; however, anyone wishing to register early or to purchase a sign may do so by calling or emailing Lion Stephen Van Pelt at (251) 368-0401or Stephen@ or Lion John Brantley at (251) 368-0434 or

Tournament day will get under way this year at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start and will include “closest to the pin” and “longest drive” prizes as well as a “two-person scramble” and a putting contest. Cash prizes will also be awarded for the top gross and net scores. Lunch will be provided courtesy of David’s Catfish House.

“We are appreciative of Atmore Country Club’s hospitality and the support of the many golfers, sponsors, and spectators who participate in a great day of service and fellowship,” Hetzel said.