Tourney helps Sheriffs’ Homes

Published 2:26 pm Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The First National Bank of Decatur County team of Tracy Dixon, Rosemary Dixon, Butch Mosely and Billy Howell won Monday’s 11th annual Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes Golf Tournament at Bainbridge Country Club with a round of 13-under-par 59.

Taking second with a round of 12-under-par 60 was the team of Chad Stewart, Kevin Singletary, Kenny King and Spence Stewart. Also shooting 12-under-par 60 and finishing third was the Three Rivers Credit Union team of Larry Funderburke, Mark Esquivel, Jack Bunting and Lucas Allen. The tie was broken by regression.

Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes Developmental Adviser Sid Roberts, along with Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin and Glen Matthews of the local Communications Workers of America union, which sponsored the tournament along with the Decatur County Sheriffs’ Department and Southwind Ford of Colquitt, thanked the golfers for their participation and told them that the efforts of people like them provide a secure home and future for Georgia’s innocent neglected, abused and abandoned children between the ages of 6 and 16.

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The tournament benefits the four Sheriffs’ Youth Homes where the children can receive the caring and loving atmosphere they deserve.

The homes include the Georgia Sheriffs’ Boys Ranch near Hahira where boys can experience the outdoor life of South Georgia, the Georgia Sheriffs’ Cherokee Estate for girls near Dalton, the Georgia Sheriffs’ Home near LaGrange where children can get aquatinted with camping and nature, and the Georgia Sheriffs’ Harrington Homestead near Nunez where boys get a chance to observe the farming tradition.

Sheriff Griffin said Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes provides a wide variety of services to the children in its care, including medical, dental, education recreation and life skills training.

“Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes presently serve more than 100 children in residential care and hundreds of children in its camping program,” the sheriff said.