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Special Olympics golf tourney set Friday

By Keith Strange Staff Reporter

October 9, 2013

Organizers say they are expecting a record crowd at this year’s second annual Garry Scearce Memorial Special Olympics Golf Tournament.


The event is set for Friday at Pilot Knob Park, said Surry County Parks and Recreation special events coordinator Celena Watson.


The morning round will tee off at 9 a.m., and the afternoon round will get under way at 1 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon.


Watson said the fee for a four-member team this year is $300, and individual players can participate for $75.


According to Watson, this year is the second time the tournament, which has been held for years, has been named in honor of long-time commissioner and Special Olympics supporter Scearce.


“He was such an avid supporter of the Special Olympics that we wanted to honor his memory by naming it after him,” she said.


The event will feature a silent auction and door prizes, and all participants will receive a golf bag full of goodies, Watson said.


All proceeds raised at the tournament will stay in Surry County and be used to support Special Olympics athletes.


“This is our largest fund raiser of the year, and last year we raised about $14,000,” Watson said. “We hope to do better this year.”


Watson said last year’s event featured around 36 teams.


“The turnout was incredible,” she gushed. “It was certainly well-attended.”


But Watson said things are on track to be even bigger this year.


“We already have about 30 teams signed up,” she said. “We have 15 set for the morning round and 15 for the afternoon tee time, and we anticipate some teams showing up the day of the event.”


She said organizers have secured partner sponsors like Riverside Building Supply, Burton Signworks Inc., and PVH Logistics, sponsorships that go a long way toward making the event a success.


“Right now we also have about $5,400 in hole sponsorships as well,” Watson said. “We’re getting a great deal of support for the event.”


For the first time, two teams of Special Olympics athletes will also participate in the tournament.


“We have two sponsors that have funded the teams,” Watson said. “Riverside Building supply is sponsoring one team, and Special Olympics Golf Coach Roger Stamper is also sponsoring a team.”


While advanced registration is encouraged, Watson said teams can register the day of the event.


“They can just show up at the event. We’ll be able to get everyone in who wants to participate,” she said. “The more the merrier.”


For more information or to register, contact Eddie Wilmoth at 366-9503, Roger Stamper at 648-5072 or Lee Dancy at 362-3180.


Anyone wishing to donate to the event or participate as a sponsor should make checks payable and mail to Special Olympics Surry County, 118 Hamby Road, Suite 336, Dobson, N.C., 27017.