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High score is perfect for United Way golf tourney

Putting contest: Golfers take part in the putting contest before the start of the 15th Annual United Way Golf Tournament Friday at Nansemond River Golf Club.

An all-time high is usually something a golfer would want to hide.

On Friday at Nansemond River Golf Club, though, the Treasurer’s 15th Annual United Way Golf Tournament set a great all-time high by raising $22,000, the most raised for local charities in the tournament’s history.

“Especially in these economic times, to raise this kind of money says so much about our community,” said Suffolk City Treasurer Ron Williams. “We appreciated the support we’ve always had from our golfers, our sponsors and our community.”

The course was maxed out with 144 golfers on hand, meaning two foursomes for every hole and lots of golfers buying mulligans, raffle tickets, putting contest chances and helicopter ball drop tickets to raise more money for the United Way of South Hampton Roads.

This year, the tournament made special gifts to some Suffolk organizations. The Boys and Girls Club, the Salvation Army’s capital campaign for a new recreation facility, ForKids Homeless Shelter, Suffolk Meals on Wheels, the Western Tidewater Free Clinic, the American Cancer Society, King’s Kids and the Sickle Cell Foundation received special donations.

“We designated gifts to agencies specifically serving Suffolk,” Williams said.

“Thank you for supporting the United Way, which I believe is still the best way to help the most people,” Williams told the golfers.