'Anchor Open' benefit golf tournament nears

ALBANY, Ga. -- Helping 55 men kick drug and alcohol addictions is a costly task.

That's one reason officials at the Anchorage -- the faith-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Albany -- are holding their annual charity golf tournament.

"Our goal is to meet part of our $26,500-a-month operating expenses," Board Chair Skylar Martin said. "It takes a lot to keep 55 men housed and fed and on the path to getting well, and we have a lot of generous people out there who help us. This is one of the ways they can."

The tournament is set for May 13 and will take on the format of a three-man scramble. Registration will start at noon at Doublegate Country Club with a shotgun start set for 1 p.m.

There will be cash prizes for the first-, second- and third-place teams.

The Anchorage is one of the area's only male-only, Christian-based rehabilitation centers that offers its services free of charge for the first 16 weeks. Its $300,000-per-year operating budget is funded solely through private donations and non-government grants.

Now in its 60th year, the Anchorage has helped more than 14,000 men since its inception.

For more information on the golf tournament or to download entry forms, go to www.anchoropen.org.