Augusta State athletic director Clint Bryant is excited about the second annual Golf 9/12 event for one major reason.
All funds will remain in the Augusta community.
At 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Forest Hills Golf Club will play host to Golf 9/12, a national program held to remember the unity and patriotism after the 9/11 terrorist attacks 11 years ago.
Bryant said he and other event organizers were pleased with last year’s tournament, but the majority of the money went to the national Golf 9/12 program.
This year, all proceeds will go to support scholarships for family members of first responders throughout Augusta. The Shield Club of Augusta will help disperse the funds.
“I think that’s tremendous that all the money will stay right here in town,” Bryant said. “I just think it’s the right thing to do.”
In 2011, the local tournament played host to 16 teams. Bryant said he’d like to see at least 16 teams entered in this year’s event. If anyone is interested in playing or sponsoring a first responder to play (or a team of first responders), call Brad Parker at Forest Hills at (706) 733-0001. Cost is $65 per person or $260 a team.
Johan Immelman, the father of 2008 Masters Tournament champion Trevor Immelman, co-founded Golf 9/12, which began last year. The CEO of Golf 9/12, Johan Immelman stated funds for the national program go to one of four groups: 9/11 memorials, local first responders, Armed Forces charities and Friends of Freedom charities