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Home  |  News  |  Florence police plan 11th annual golf tournament

Florence police plan 11th annual golf tournament
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

FLORENCE, SC - Area golfers have an opportunity to hit the greens for more than just a good time next month as the Florence Police Department holds its 11th Annual Golf Tournament.

Play will get under way about 8:15 a.m. Sept 9 at Traces Golf Club in Florence and continue throughout the day. Afternoon golfers will tee off at 1:15 p.m.

Breakfast will be provided by Chick-Fil-A in the morning, and lunch will be catered by Townhouse Restaurant from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals are included in the team registration fee, and Pepsi of Florence will provide beverages throughout the day.

All proceeds will benefit the police fund, which helps pay for several of the department’s youth programs such as Camp F.E.V.E.R. Basketball Camp, Police Athletic League and Police Explorers.

“It’s all for a very worthy cause,” Florence Police Maj. Karen Acosta said. “All of these programs benefit our youth, so every dime goes back into the community in one way or another.”

Before the establishment of the golf tournament, the police department held a barbecue fundraiser every year. The barbecue was successful for many years, but eventually department officials decided to make a golf event the primary annual fundraiser for the police fund.

“The barbecue was great, but eventually we decided to change over to the tournament,” Acosta said. “It has been tremendously successful, and it has grown exponentially through the years. Even in this tough economy, the local business community has been so supportive. And we appreciate it greatly.”

The tournament usually draws about 60 teams, and Florence Police Chief Anson Shells said he expects this year’s turnout to be just as big. He said the tournament’s success is vital to the department’s youth programs.

“The community’s support means a great deal to us, and that support ends up going to programs that support our young people,” Shells said. “Without this yearly fundraiser, we wouldn’t have the level of ability to do what we do in the community. This community has always been extremely supportive of everything we do, and we really sincerely appreciate the strong support. It shows just how much this community cares.”

The cost per four-man team is $200. Hole sponsorships also are available for $100. Mulligans and strings can be purchased for $5 with a limit of two per player.

Source: http://www2.scnow.com/news/pee-dee/2011/aug/16/florence-police-plan-11th-annual-golf-tournament-ar-2283852/

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