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June 28, 2014

First BGT Golf Classic played at Cairo Country Club

THOMASVILLE — The weather was picture-perfect on a recent Saturday as the 100 Black Men of Brooks, Grady and Thomas Counties Inc. (BGT) conducted its first Golf Classic.

The event — at Cairo Country Club — was open to male and female amateur players. Individuals and teams (of four) participated. The format of the BGT Golf Classic is a four-person scramble. A limit of two mulligans was allowed during the tournament.

Awards and door prizes — ranging from golf visors to golf clubs to VISA gift cards — were distributed by 100 BGT members to the tournament participants after lunch.

BGT is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to fulfillment of four primary pillars: mentoring, education, health and wellness, and economic empowerment.

Since 1963, the 100 Black Men of America Inc.’s mission has been to improve the quality of life in communities and to enhance educational and economic opportunities for all people. Its vision is to serve as a beacon of leadership by using diverse talents to create environments where children are motivated to achieve and to empower all people to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of communities.

The 100’s values are: respect for family, spirituality, justice and integrity. The 100 has no formal religious or political affiliations.

Justin Wood, BGT Classic participant, said, “We love the game of golf. My foursome and I play golf together every other weekend and even sometimes during the week. The 100 BGT Golf Classic is our fifth golf scramble in the last three months. When we heard about it, we knew we wanted to be a part of it.”

Said Grady County resident Dr. Ansu Mason, event committee chairman, “Teamwork makes the dream work. Although I’ve done it many times privately, I’d like to publicly thank the Golf Classic’s planning committee, our corporate sponsors and our individual sponsors for all your hard work. I also wish to thank all the players and teams who came out and played with us.”

“Our first Golf Classic at Cairo Country Club was a great success. Everyone enjoyed the course and made some new friends. The funds raised will help the chapter in our endeavors of mentoring young men. As Ben Hogan once said: ‘As you walk down the fairway of life, you must smell the roses. ... You only get to play one round,’ ” said Dr. Al Williams, 100 BGT member and Brooks County resident.

Michael Bryant, BGT president, said contributions to the event — financial and physical presence — will help in forging ahead with the work of the 100, which is to help inspire young men to be positive and productive.

The plan is for the 100 Black Men BGT Golf Classic to rotate annually among the three counties where members reside: Brooks, Grady and Thomas counties.


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