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CSU official: Golf tournament drew big bucks

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Despite rain on its original -- and rescheduled -- dates, the Clayton State University Foundation's Third Annual Town and Gown Golf Tournament was able to raise, at least, one-third of the average amount of money the foundation hands out in honors scholarships, according to Clayton State Director of Development Reda Rowell.

Annually, Rowell said on Wednesday, the foundation gives out an average of $75,000 in scholarships to honors students at the school.

The tournament, which was held last Friday at the Chrystal Lake Country Club in Hampton, raised a total of $35,000 in cash, prizes and donated items, such as food served during the tournament.

Of that amount, Rowell said she expects at least $25,000 will go to scholarships, after expenses for the tournament are paid.

That would be a record-high amount of money raised for scholarships through the tournament alone, she said.

"I don't think our net [income for the tournament, after expenses] has ever been that good before," she said. "Our net was $15,000 [for the first tournament in 2007], and last year's net was close to $25,000. This year, I'm expecting the net to be more than $25,000. It might even be as much as $26,000, or $27,000."

A four-person team from Heritage Cadillac won the tournament by with a score of 56, which was 16 under par. That team was followed by Sun Trust Bank's team (also a 56), and teams representing Atlanta Vending, and Clayton State alumnus and former Walker Construction owner, Doug Walker (each with a 58).