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Rotary golf tourney raises $50K
Funds to be reinvested in community
5. Rotary golf pic
Rotary Club incoming president Brooke Anderson, left, presents Brett Buffington with his prize for winning the putting contest in last weeks Rotary Island Open golf tournament at Crystal Falls Golf Club. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson Community News

Rotary Island Open winners

1st place net, 47

Carla Boutin

Charles Boutin

J.W. Nay

Tim Morris

2nd place net, 48

Barry Slaton

Wes Burnett

Kevin Holman

Steve Lamb

1st place gross, 50

Chris Poje

Greg Lovell

Sean Moore

John Weaver

2nd place gross, 56

James Grogan

Granny Shubert

Roger Martin

Jerry Johns

Longest drive on No. 10

Matt Eicholz

Closet to the pin on No. 6

Adam Smith

Putting contest

Brett Buffington


For more than 100 golfers, even a bad day on the greens was better than a good day at work last week.

But for one either very skilled or very lucky player, it may very well have been was his best golfing day ever.

Mike Kelly got a hole-in-one during the Rotary Island Open April 27 at Crystal Falls Golf Club.

"It was exciting for all of us. We had a blast," he said, referring to his team, made up of co-workers from SleeveCo. "They're good luck for me."

The Dawsonville manufacturer is a longtime supporter of the Rotary Club's golf tournament, as well as many other community projects, groups and initiatives.

"The Johnson family that owns SleeveCo is very adamant about doing anything they can to be involved in the community," Kelly said.

The elusive shot was made on the course's par-3, No. 11 from 120 feet.

His prize was a four day, three night vacation to French Lick Resort Casino in Indiana.

"It's a resort with a casino and two golf courses, a spa. It looks great. I've talked to one person who's been and he said it's one of the nicest places he's ever been," he said. "I'm definitely looking forward to it."

Organized by the Rotary Club of Dawson County, the best-ball tournament raised more than $50,000 that will be redistributed back into the Dawson County Community through various civic initiatives.

"The Rotary Island Open was a tremendous event," said organizer Brooke Anderson, the club's incoming president. "If you missed this event, join us next year for a fun filled day of golf."

With highs in the mid-70s, golfers could not have asked for a better day to be outside.

"We were blessed with perfect weather," Anderson said. "Twenty five teams had a great time playing golf and fellowshipping with one another."

Anderson said he was encouraged by the comradery at the tournament.

"We had a lot of laughs as men wore a hula skirt and coconut bra to drive from the women's tee," he said.

Now in its 23rd year, the annual tournament is the club's premier fundraiser.

"The money raised will go to support Rotary Island and many local charities, civic organizations and the Margie Weaver Senior Center," he said. "The Dawson County Rotary Club could not have done this without the support of all of our sponsors."

The club would especially like to thank the tournament's major sponsors: Northside/Dawson Medical Campus, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Medical Plaza 400.