By Sarah Plummer
Kids walked away champions after the Just For Kids Golf Classic Tuesday at Grandview Country Club.
Not only did the event raise much-needed funds to support the work of Just For Kids Inc., but a team of youth beat out the older competition to take first place.
Just For Kids Director Scott Miller said a youth group of golfers from Wyoming and Mercer counties comprised of Patrick Smith, Carson Proffitt, Logan Cook and Colin Bowles shot the lowest score of the tournament.
“What a wonderful team to win,” said Miller. “Two of the boys had seen the article in the paper and thought, wow, a golf tournament ‘Just for Kids.’ There was serious competition for the prizes and these boys really played well. They are all accomplished golfers.”
He pointed out that the winning team’s combined age was 47.
Colin Bowles, 12, also won the Longest Drive Competition.
These youth winners will get to play a round of golf at The Greenbrier Sporting Club's exclusive Snead course.
The second place team of Jonathan Rahal, Richard Jarrell, Cody Daley and Jereme Evans will enjoy a round of golf at The Stonewall Resort in Roanoke and the third place team of Tim Erwin, Maggie Parsons, Mike Horton and Tim Vickers won a round of golf at Grandview Country Club.
“We really accomplished what we set out to do and that was to raise some funds for Just For Kids, provide awareness to those golfing and the general public, and have a fun-filled day of golf,” said Miller.
Along with our eight gold sponsors, the event also had 11 hole sponsors and 48 golfers participate.
Miller noted that there has been interest in making the Just For Kids Golf Classic an annual event.
Proceeds from the golf event go to fund the services Just For Kids provides the community.
Millers said that working closely with law enforcement and child protective services, Just For Kids interviewed 287 children in 2011 who had been alleged victims of child sexual abuse in Raleigh, Fayette and Wyoming counties.
For more information about the work that Just For Kids Inc. provides in the community, call 255-4834 and or visit www.jfkwv.com.
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