DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - The 5th annual Savoy Jones Benefit was held Friday at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Dothan.
The annual event is put on by the family of Dothan native Savoy Jones who, while a student at Emmanuel Christian School, suddenly passed away while at basketball practice.
His family set up a scholarship in his memory and awards it every year to a graduating senior at Emmanuel. All the money raised during the benefit goes towards the scholarship.
“It has grown,” said Savoy’s father Chris Jones. “The first year we did three-on-three basketball tournament. The next year we did the Boston butt/rib sale. Then we did a golf event and then the softball event. This year we reached out to the athletes and I’m quite sure that helped tremendously for the crowd to come out. Once again, the Wiregrass community has always stepped up to the plate and hit a homerun when we would ask them to come out and support us and honor Savoy.”
Some big names played in the golf event this year including former Alabama players Roman Harper and Tony Nathan.