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Kiwanis Club holds first Francis Golson Memorial golf tourney
by James Newberry
Jun 13, 2008 | 2935 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trey Keadle, Billy Wade, John Newberry and Zach Giddens at the golf tournament in April.
Trey Keadle, Billy Wade, John Newberry and Zach Giddens at the golf tournament in April.
On the 19th of April golfers gathered at the first Francis Golson Memorial Golf Tournament to raise money for Scout Troop 485 and celebrate the memory of a beloved man.

The golf tournament, which took place at Jonesco Golf Course, was organized by the Jones County Kiwanis Club.

“The tournament is held annually to provide financial support to Scout Troop 485 of Jones County,” said Frank Jacobs, Chairman of the Kiwanis Club Golf Committee.

When Francis Golson, a long time member of the Kiwanis Club, passed away in January, his friends and fellow members in the club wanted to honor the avid golfer.

“The club voted to name the golf tournament for the long time Kiwanian and much admired gentleman because of his commitment to the community and scouting,” said Thomas Elder, President of the Kiwanis Club.

Family and friends of Golson were present to express their appreciation and play a few rounds of golf.

“I want to thank the Kiwanis Club for honoring my dad,” said Golson’s son, Waverly. “It’s fitting because dad loved the Kiwanis Club, scouting and playing golf.”

Emmett Bragg, Golson’s close golfing partner, also participated along with forty other players.

“I appreciate this honor for my good friend and golfing buddy,” Bragg said, fondly recalling many afternoons he spent with Golson teeing off on the fairway.

After the opening remarks the tournament began and lasted throughout the morning. Golfers from the community and middle Georgia participated in the 4 man scramble tournament and were awarded over 50 door prizes at the end as well as trophies.

The tournament was sponsored by 19 local businesses and $3,000 dollars were raised for Scout Troop 485.

“We appreciated everyone taking an interest in supporting scouts, by donating, sponsoring and participating,” said Jacobs. “The event was a success and a great tribute.”

The Kiwanis Club golf tournament was always important to Golson because its proceeds went directly to the scouts of Jones County. Now his name will be associated with the club’s commitment to local Scout Troop 485 and the children of Jones County.
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