Johns Creek Police want players for Special Olympics Golf Tourney

Registration for players, teams closes April 30

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Johns Creek Police have issued a “be-on-the-lookout” alert for golfers to play in the fifth annual golf tournament May 6 to benefit Special Olympics Georgia at St. Ives Country Club in Johns Creek.

Registration for individuals and teams ends April 30, and costs $125 per person or $500 for a team of four. Sponsorships are also available from $250 to $5,000.

The tournament is part of the JCPD’s annual participation in the nonprofit’s Law Enforcement Torch Run, which raises money to serve more than 23,000 Georgians with intellectual disabilities.

“Watching an athlete’s face light up when he or she gets a medal is priceless,” said JCPD Maj. John Clifton. “With their disabilities, most Special Olympic athletes are not able to participate in sports like other people.

“The first time I put a medal around an athlete’s neck and saw how happy he was, jumping up and down, I thought, ‘Heck yeah, I want to support this.’ And people playing in the tournament and the sponsors help make it possible for an athlete to win a medal and feel that sense of achievement.”

The tournament is an 18-hole, four-man scramble format. Registration includes green fees and cart, range balls, box lunch, buffet dinner, awards and prizes. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place teams, closest to the pin, longest drive and top putter. A raffle will be held immediately after play.

The St. Ives golf course was designed by Tom Fazio, who holds the most credits on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses and Golfweek’s collection of America’s Best.

For information about playing in the 2013 JCPD Special Olympics Golf Tournament or JCPD’s fundraising for Special Olympics Georgia, contact Clifton at 678-474-1580.