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Sheriff's golf tourney a success

Photo by Avan Clark

Photo by Avan Clark

ALBANY -- To help keep community-oriented youth programs financed, the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office threw a fundraising golf tournament Friday.

Almost 100 golfers turned out to play on 24 teams in the first "Building Unity in the Community Golf Tournament," said sheriff's Sgt. Terron Hayes. Tee off time was 1 p.m. at River Pointe Golf Club.

"This is our first year, and we've raised between $3,000 and $5,000 for programs," Hayes said. "We'll use the money for our community youth programs."

Those programs include the Thanksgiving food baskets that sheriff's deputies distribute every year to those in need in Dougherty County.

Other programs offer mentoring, tutoring and character education to youths. And some are just plain fun.

"We try to show the kids that we are on their side," Hayes said. "A lot of these kids have never been out of Dougherty County. We take them to Atlanta to Braves games and Six Flags parks. We show them there are good alternatives in their lives."

With the success of the inaugural golf tournament fueled by teams from the sheriff's office, the Lee County Sheriff's Office, graduates of Albany State University in Omega Psi Phi fraternity and local businesses such as alltell Wireless, Hayes said it will be an annual event.