Golf tournament benefits local serviceman

George Welsh served in the U.S. Coast Guard for two years before suffering a spinal cord injury when diving into shallow water. The golf tournament raised funds to help pay for bills related to his injury. (Photo: Supplied)

Another opportunity to help George Welsh, a Citrus County resident that is suffering from a spinal injury, rose Nov. 10, 2012 at the Inverness Golf & Country Club in Inverness. Any person could pay $60 for 18 holes of golf, a golf competition, a golf cart to ride while he or she played golf, coffee and donuts, beverages, lunch, raffles and a chance to win prizes. Golf registration started at 8 a.m. and tee-off began at 8:30 a.m.

While registering, people could choose to be a regular player sponsor for $60 which just included the golf game, a hole sponsor which included a sign that is put on the course, like advertising a business, or super sponsor which was a golf game of 4 players and the sign.

Although anyone was able to sign up, according to planner Beverly King, the majority of the people who signed up already were people who know Welsh.

“The players who signed up are friends who have joined together in the spirit to give & enjoy the day together,” she said.

Even though the fundraiser was not mainly about the competition, a variety of prizes were given.

“It is not about the prizes or the competition,” King said. “However, many people have donated a wide selection of gift certificates and prizes for the occasion.”

The point of the fun and games were to help a fellow resident of Citrus County.

“The main focus of this tournament is to raise money for a friend in need,” King said.