Golf tournament takes a swing at child abuse

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- When the Exchange Club isn't handing out money, it is raising funds for the fight against child abuse here and nationally.

The 14th annual Deputy Dawg Golf Classic Friday probably put as much as $10,000 into the club's fund to be used in its efforts to fight child abuse, said club secretary Bill Banks.

"In the last 10 years, we have raised $100,000," Banks said. "The money goes to three funds. Locally, we are affiliated with Open Arms. We also give to the district to support homes in Statesboro, Rome, Macon and Albany and to the national (Exchange Club) foundation."

Staff members from the Open Arms shelter attended to show their gratitude to the club and the golfers, who teed off at 1 p.m. at the Grand Island Club off Ledo Road.

"The Exchange Club supports our group in a big way," said Open Arms Assistant Executive Director Rosalynn Fliggins. "This is a way we can show our thanks in a fun way."

More than 80 golfers competed in the tournament named for Frank Sumner, a deceased Dougherty County Sheriff's Office officer.

"He (Sumner) did a lot for kids to help them stay off drugs," said Exchange Club President Larry Scully. "The deputies gave him the nickname 'Deputy Dawg'."

The stakes were high in the tournament as the golfers took to the links. There were $100 prizes for most accurate drive and closest to the pin on all par three holes.