F.O.P. hosting charity golf tournament

Published 4:27 pm Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Safe Harbor, along with local Fraternal Order of the Police lodge 39, will host their 12th annual Pro-Law Amateur Golf tournament at Cambrian Ridge Golf Course.

The event will be held on Sept. 1 with proceeds from the tournament to benefit Safe Harbor and local law enforcement.

Mark Harold, state parole officer and president of the local F.O.P. lodge said this tournament is big help to both Safe Harbor and the F.O.P.

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“This is one of the largest fundraisers Safe Harbor participates in,” Harold said.

Safe Harbor uses all money received to assist in their primary mission, helping to prevent domestic violence and help all those affected. Harold says the tournament has benefited the charity for over 8 years now.

“We wanted to make people realize that police are not just all about themselves,” Harold said. “We are here for the community, and Safe Harbor is one of the greatest ways we could think of to serve the community.”

The tournament is open to all who wish to participate. Entry fees are $100 per person or $60 per person for law enforcement.

The entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart rental, free range balls, use of practice green and a dinner at the awards banquet following the tournament.

Registration fees, Harold said, are what usually translate to profit.

“The corporate sponsors, like CorStone Industries, help to pay for the tournament itself, but the golfers are where most of the money comes from,” Harold said.

If golf isn’t your game, but you would still like to contribute, Harold said the “golf ball drop” is the perfect way to get involved.

Balls can be purchased for $10 each and will be matched up with a person’s name. At 12:30 p.m., Harold said, the Dale County Sheriff’s Department will take all of the golf balls up in their helicopter and drop them onto the driving range.

“If one ball lands in a hole, that person will win $1000,” Harold said. “If multiple balls land, the money will be split, and if no balls find their way in, the owner of the closest ball to the pin will be awarded $500.

The registration deadline is August 25. For more information, contact Cambrian Ridge or Safe Harbor at 382-9787 or 382-8584.