Dothan golf tournament raises money for children in need

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Friday, golfers in the Circle City tee'd off for the 2nd Annual "Golfin' Fore Gifts" Golf Tournament at the Highland Oaks Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Dothan.

There were no pro-golfers on the greens, no green jackets, or fame for the winner.

But to these golfers, they're playing for a prize just as worthy.

That's because the tournament isn't really about winning, it's about lending a hand to those in need.

Every penny of their entry fees help families connected with the Wiregrass Hope Group provide Christmas presents for their children.  Something they wouldn't be able to do otherwise.

Sharon Sizemore, from the Wiregrass Hope Group, said, "The parents aren't going to be panicking when it gets to be Christmas time, and they don't have anything that maybe their child would like to have, or something the child really needs.  Because often what we see is so many of these families just have a need for very basic items."

And that's the reason these golfers are here.  One of those players, Greg Johnson, said, "It's a good feeling.  I mean, it's a worthy thing."

And as the golfers and their teams take to the greens, organizers hope that by the end of the day, they'll raise lots of green.

Magan Anderson, tournament organizer, said, "We've got a lot more golfers playing this year, and we hope to have a lot more money at the end of the tournament this year to spend on the children."

Workers at Wiregrass Hope say the dollars raised puts gifts into the hands of thankful kids.

Sizemore said, "They are just always so excited, and just tickled to be able to receive the things that they need."

And for Greg Johnson and others participating, that means more than any trophy.

He said, "For the kids that need a Christmas, I think it's great that these guys have come out and play."

Perhaps the only thing better than a morning of golf with the fellas is knowing that come December 25th, a child in need will have a gift under the tree.

Last year the tournament raised nearly $3, 000 dollars.

While they haven't made the official count for this year, organizers believe they're surpassed last year by more than a thousand dollars.

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