On June 27, 2015, Joe Dumphy, a rising sophomore at North Forsyth High School, was injured in a tragic car accident outside Chestatee Golf Club on Ga. 400. After a month of trying to recover, the 15-year-old and promising golf standout died on July 26, 2015, donating five vital organs so others could live.
Dumphy’s parents, Charley and Deb Dumphy, along with his sister Olivia, started the Joe Dumphy Memorial Golf Scholarship (JDMGS), a 501(c)(3) charity that recognizes local college-bound high school seniors who emulate Dumphy’s character, citizenship, faith-based attitude and sense of giving.
In the three years of its existence, the foundation has awarded more than $32,000 in scholarships. JDMGS is able to provide the scholarships due to the generosity of the community, fundraising efforts, family donations and the success of the memorial golf tournament held at Chestatee Golf Club in Dawsonville each year.
Year after year, the golf tournament has grown from an original field of approximately 60 golfers to almost 80 the second year to over 90 last year. Organizers are hoping for a full field of 144 players this year, making this one of the major charitable tournaments in the area.
The scramble-format tournament will be held at Chestatee Golf Club on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. The $125 tournament fee includes greens and cart fees, breakfast, lunch and frozen custard dessert bar provided by Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steak Burgers.
Beyond that, players receive raffle tickets for dozens of outstanding prizes donated by local merchants as well as the chance at the grand prize of a Big Green Egg.
A separate 50/50 raffle will also be conducted at the end of the luncheon.
On the golf course, players will compete for Closest to the Pin prizes on all five par 3 holes, longest drive for men and women and this year, for the first time, a hole-in-one on #17 (where Dumphy had a hole-in-one) will win the player a 2-year lease on a Cadillac from Atlanta Classic Cadillac/Subaru.
Anyone interested in playing in this charity event can call Chestatee Golf Club at (706) 216-7336 to register as a single or foursome.