Harvest House of Hope hosts fifth golf tournament

Published 9:43 am Monday, July 18, 2022

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As the rain held off on a cloudy Friday morning at the Crooked Oak Golf Club in Colquitt, the vibrant energy of the Harvest House of Hope workers shined their light as they held their fifth annual golf tournament.

The Harvest House of Hope is a non-profit residential recovery program that helps women who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. The tournament was organized by board member Cissie Franklin who has been a part of the organization since its start in 2012.

Despite the off and on rain, the tournament had an extremely successful turnout with all available team spots being filled. The tournament all together had over 100 participants with over 20 teams at both the 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. tee times.

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“We had just as good a turnout this year as we did past years,” said Franklin. “Everyone loves to play golf but to be out here and have people come up to me and tell me how they’re doing it for a good cause and seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces really makes it all worth it.”

The tournament also included a raffle, silent auction and competitions for those participating. The biggest prize included a $10 thousand dollar reward for a hole-in one.

“We have a few competitions for the golfers to make things interesting,” said Franklin. “We have first place, second place, longest drive, closest to the pin, and a hole-in-one prize.”

Each raffle ticket was $20 with each prize being at least $100 in value and the silent auction included a football autographed by University of Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart.

Tournaments and events like these are ways for the organization to not only raise money but also inform people about the Harvest House of Hope and addiction among women.

“We’re not state funded so events like these and donations are the only ways that we are able to pay for expenses for these women,” said Franklin.

Franklin most importantly hopes that this tournament opens people’s eyes and hearts and hopes it attracts even more people for next year’s tournament.