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Ruthie Pope/The Sampson IndependentLakewood's golf pro and manager Curt Pritchard, and S.C. community manager for Relay for Life, Tiffany Beaver, were excited to host a glow ball tournament to benefit cancer research. The tournament raised about $1,000 for Relay for Life. (Ruthie Pope/The Sampson Independent)
Ruthie Pope/The Sampson IndependentLakewood's golf pro and manager Curt Pritchard, and S.C. community manager for Relay for Life, Tiffany Beaver, were excited to host a glow ball tournament to benefit cancer research. The tournament raised about $1,000 for Relay for Life. (Ruthie Pope/The Sampson Independent)
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Glow Ball came back to Lakewood and this time those who participated not only had fun, but contributed to a great cause. This past Saturday, it was the Glow Ball Relay for Life Benefit.


Despite the cloudy, rainy weather, and the fact that it had been rescheduled from August due to a stormy weekend, there were 24 golfers roaming the links at Lakewood Country Club this past Saturday night chasing a small glowing ball.


In Glow Ball, golfers play the first nine holes during the late afternoon and evening. Then they take a supper break and, with special golf balls that light up, play the last nine holes after dark.


At this benefit, LCC provided hamburgers and hot dogs, plus all the trimmings, cooked on the grill. entertainment, and an auction.


Classic rock singer and guitarist Morris Cardenas of the Fayetteville/Lumberton area provided the music. He sat outside the pro shop, his singing could be heard from the holes closest to the shop. Then he sang as the golfers ate and socialized until complete darkness fell over the course.


Also during this time, several golf packages acquired by Lakewood golf pro Curt Pritchard were auctioned off. These included four rounds at White Lake; four rounds at Castle Bay in Hampstead; four rounds at Keith Hills in Buies Creek; four rounds at Lakewood; and one round at Sandy Ridge.


Pritchard, who is a survivor of melanoma, worked hard to organize the event and said they raised about $1,000 for Relay for Life.


“I was hoping we would have triple the number of players, but with the weather and rescheduling, it just didn’t work out that way,” he said.


The Community Manager for Sampson County Relay for Life, Tiffany Beavers, played in the tournament and auctioned off the golf certificates.


“I played in a glow ball tournament here in July and had a great time, so I knew it would make a good fund raiser for Relay for Life. Despite the rescheduling and rainy weather I think this has been an absolute success. We hope to make it an annual event,” she said before heading out in the darkness to play the last nine holes.


Almost all the golfers attending the event had been affected by a cancer diagnosis in some way. On one team, Brad Lowe and Steve Carter spoke up.


Brad Lowe said his mother had been diagnosed with cancer. Also, Steve Carter, of Garland, said his wife Rose, who is a teacher at Union Elementary, was diagnosed with cancer several years ago.


“Thank goodness she has been cancer-free for a while now,” he said with a smile. “We’re here to support cancer research and to have a good time.”


 
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