Originally created 11/29/03

Grant given to get high schoolers interested in golf



AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A foundation created to get black youngsters interested in golf is now giving money to high school students who might not otherwise play the sport.

The Ed McIntyre Foundation Inc. has given $3,000 in grants to help six Richmond County high schools with their golf teams. Each squad will get $500 to buy equipment, uniforms or other items.

The high school grants don't target black golfers, but McIntyre hopes the money will help students who may find the game too expensive, said Georgia Bailey, the athletic director for the Richmond County Board of Education.

"We may be able to help that kid who may not be able to afford a lot of the golf equipment that comes along with the sport," Bailey said. "The goal is to get more young people interested in it."

The high schools receiving the money are Lucy C. Laney, T.W. Josey, George P. Butler, Glenn Hills, Westside and the Academy of Richmond County.