Police prep for annual tourney

Published 3:12 pm Thursday, June 11, 2009

Next Wednesday, law enforcement officers and golfers from all over the state will travel to Greenville to take part in the 11th Annual Centurytel Pro-Law-Am golf tournament at Cambrian Ridge.

“We’ve got officers coming from as far away as Baldwin County and Jefferson County,” said Alabama Probation and Parole Officer Mark Harold, who is also helping organize the tournament.

For the past two years, one of the biggest attractions of the golf tournament has been the golf ball drop.

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Golf balls are for sale for $10, and on the day of the tournament, the balls will be taken up in a Dale County Sheriff’s Department helicopter and dropped over the driving range.

The ball that goes in the hole wins a cash prize, but if no ball makes it in, the closest to the hole wins.

“We really want to encourage people to stop by Safe Harbor and buy those tickets for the golf balls,” Harold said.

The drop is set for 12:30 p.m.

The ball drop is just one way for the event to raise money for Safe Harbor and the local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge.

“Safe Harbor uses the money to help kids that have been through some kind of abuse,” Harold said. “The F.O.P. uses it to be able to provide assistance to any of our officers that are members if they have some kind of financial difficulties or emergencies.”

The entry fee is $100 per person, $60 per person for law enforcement, and it includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, free range balls, use of the practice green, on-course refreshments, prizes, dinner and the awards ceremony. The tournament will be a four-man scramble, and you can bring your own team or be assigned to one. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with tee-off at 1 p.m. The deadline to register for next Wednesday’s tournament is this Friday, June 12.

For more information, call Cambrian Ridge at 382-9787 or Safe Harbor at 382-8584.