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Rotary Club hosts 31st annual golf tournament
A line of golf carts prepare to drive off onto the course prior to the Dawson County Rotary Club’s 31st annual golf tournament. - photo by Rio White

The Dawson County Rotary Club hosted its 31st annual golf tournament at Crystal Falls Golf Club on Monday, April 25.

Every year, the service-based organization holds the golf event to help raise funds for its many community investments.

This year’s event came just days after the Rotary Club attended the Rotary District 6910 conference in Greenville, S.C., and won several awards, including Large Club of the Year and the Environmental Award.

After coming back to Georgia, the club went straight back to work and put together an event that had broad support from the community.

According to Rotary Club president-elect Nicole Stewart, Monday’s event raised over $65,000, which is the most the club has ever raised at the annual tournament.

“It was such a great event and truly a team effort,” Stewart said. “We have such a great club with outstanding members who go above and beyond for Dawson County.”

At the tournament, participants could take part in a longest drive contest and putting contest, as well as play the course individually or in a team. 

In the team competition, the Carla Boutin State Farm team was the Gross Winning team while the Modern Woodmen of America was the Net Winning team.

Individually, Zach Williams of the Carla Boutin State Farm team won the longest drive contest while Davis Land of Prosperity Home Mortgage won the putting contest.

Members of the Rotary Club and volunteers from some of the sponsors helped distribute food and water, as well as providing a snow cone station. 

Stewart served as host for the event alongside current president Jo Brewer, who will be stepping down in July. 

With the funds gathered from a variety of local individuals and businesses, the Rotary Club will continue to fund projects such as the Rotary Island water park at Rock Creek, the Lake Lanier Shore Sweep, the Butterfly Garden and the Community Thanksgiving Dinner.