Kiwanis Club to hold golf tourney

By Ed Brock

A "super guy," and "larger than life" are just some of the adjectives used to describe former lawyer and Southlake Kiwanis Club past President Larry Foster.

All good reasons for the club to name its annual golf tourney after the man whose brother, Don Foster, still practices in their offices on Main Street in Jonesboro.

"You've never seen more people at a funeral," Don Foster said.

Larry Foster died at the age of 54 in 1995 after a battle with cancer. The Southlake Kiwanis Club had already been holding the golf tourney but shortly after Foster's death they named it after him.

The 12th Annual Larry Foster Memorial Golf Tourney will be held on Oct. 10 at the Cottonfields Golf Club in McDonough. Already 10 teams have given commitments to play in the tourney, Kiwanis member Bob Wood said.

Jonesboro chiropractor David Allen has already sent in his $320 registration team for his team.

"I've always either had a team in it or played in it," Allen said.

Two years ago his team placed second in the tournament and last year they placed fourth, Allen said. This will be the first year that the tournament will be held at Cottonfields and he hopes that will give them an advantage.

"I played at Cottonfields before and the course is really in better shape and a little more wide open," Allen said.

Allen also knew the man the tourney is named after and had his own adjectives to describe him.

"He was kind of a mentor and a big giant of a man," Allen said.

Current Southlake President Katheryn Wood said Foster was president of the club when she joined. He did a lot of work for the Clayton County Sheriff's Office and the Board of Education, Wood and Allen said about Foster.

"He was really a super guy," Wood said. "He was larger than life."

Don Wood said he likes the fact that the tourney is named after his brother and, while he probably won't play in the tournament he will sponsor a hole as he usually does.

Sponsoring a hole in the tourney costs $100 and individuals can join for $85 and be assigned to a team, Bob Wood said.

"Usually we don't get that many singles," Wood said.

The money raised by the event goes to various charity groups such as Rainbow House children's shelter, Rivers of the World, Operation Smile and Habitat-for-Humanity.

There will be prizes for Closest-to-Pin and Longest Drive by gender as well as cash prizes for first, second and third place. The Grand Door Prize is one week in a condominium in Destin, Fla. and $100 cash donated by past President Carol Mullins.

Registration forms are available at various locations around the county and for more information call (770) 968-7743 or (404) 421-0379.