Golf tournament helps local charities

  • Thursday, November 7, 2013

Staff photo by T.J. Lundeen Mayor Lark Jones prepares to hit his second shot on hole 18 during the North Augusta Classic golf tournament at the River Club.

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On a Monday, many people are starting their workweek. However, for 100 people at the River Club, missing a day of work allowed them to raise money for charity, and play a round of golf at the North Augusta Classic golf tournament.


The tournament raised more than $15,000 for local charities.


“This tournament was brought about to raise money for groups around the area,” Mary Anne Bigger, administrative assistant for North Augusta 2000, said. “This year we had about 100 golfers and raised $15,100 for the selected groups.”


The funds were distributed to Community Ministry of North Augusta, or CMONA, the North Augusta High School golf team, the American Legion Auxilary for Palmetto Girl's State, North Augusta High School band, the Arts and Heritage Center, the RECing Crew, the American Legion, the North Augusta High School swim team and the North Augusta 2000 Capitol Campaign.


“We knew that these organizations had a need,” Bigger said. “Our golf committee met and decided these were worthwhile for this year.”


The tournament was held at the River Club and featured 22 groups from a number of organizations around North Augusta, including SRP, the City of North Augusta, Chick Fil A and Aiken Electrical Co-op, among many others.


One of the representatives of the City of North Augusta was Mayor Lark Jones.


“This was a perfect day for a day of golf,” Jones said. “This is for a great cause and you get a good day on the golf course.”


The low net winner of the day was the group from Aiken Electric, with a score of 50.7. The group, made up of Randy Yonce, Tim Padgett, Jeremy Scoggins and Todd Scoggins, was awarded Guitar Pull tickets for their work on the course.


“It was a great tournament, like it always is,” Padgett said. “We play in this one every year.”


Todd Scoggins said this was the first win for Aiken Electric since 2008 and attributed the win to Jeremy Scoggins' play.


“Jeremy, he chipped in two different times for eagle,” he said. “On our second hole and the ninth one. He really was the difference that let us win it.”


Bigger is hopeful the next North Augusta Classic will be even bigger.


“Hopefully, with the economy improving, we will get even more participants next year,” she said. “We'd love to have this be even larger. That would let us give more to the charities we support.”


T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.


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