Sampson Independent

‘Golf Fore the Arts’ hosts crowd

The ninth annual Golf Fore the Arts tournament took place Friday morning at the Coharie County Club in Clinton. Starting at 9 a.m., golfers a plenty were raring to go on what couldn’t have been a more perfect day for golf.

With more golfers participating than you could count at first glance, the turnout was very impressive, showing how many were passionate about the cause.

“I started working with Golf Fore the Arts eight years ago so it started one year before I got here,” said Sampson Arts Council executive director Kara Donatelli. “Since then, it’s grown into one of our biggest fundraisers and it continues to grow today.”

Hosted by the Sampson Art Council, Golf Fore the Arts has as its primary purpose is to raise funds to support Sampson County art programs throughout the year. With the funds, the council provides adult and student art workshops, classes, art exhibits and receptions, as well as art camps and more.

They will be able to provide four weeks of Summer Art Camp and art workshops for over 100 children and will give out 40 Arts Camp-based scholarships to students in grades 1-12. The event garners sponsorship from several local companies, including McDonald’s-Caison Enterprises, Hog Slat Inc., Performance Ford Dodge Ram of Clinton and many more.

For the full scoop on the event, including winners and the total money raised through Golf Fore the Arts, which was still being calculated Friday, see the Independent next week.

A special group of golfers showed up to take part in the 9th Annual Golf Fore the Arts Tournament. Here stands four generations of Coharie golfers, including the youngest, Hudson Griffin, 11, and the oldest, Everette Griffin, at 87. Pictured, from left, Bryan Griffin, Hudson Griffin, Greg Griffin and Everette Griffin.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_DSC_0771.jpgA special group of golfers showed up to take part in the 9th Annual Golf Fore the Arts Tournament. Here stands four generations of Coharie golfers, including the youngest, Hudson Griffin, 11, and the oldest, Everette Griffin, at 87. Pictured, from left, Bryan Griffin, Hudson Griffin, Greg Griffin and Everette Griffin.
A few of the golfers for the event stand together during a putt at the beginning most of the day.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_DSC_0776.jpgA few of the golfers for the event stand together during a putt at the beginning most of the day.
Even the wildlife showed up on a beautiful day to share in Golf Fore the Arts with the locals.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_DSC_0775.jpgEven the wildlife showed up on a beautiful day to share in Golf Fore the Arts with the locals.
More of the many golfers that made the Golf Fore the Arts fundraiser successful for the ninth year in a row.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_DSC_0789.jpgMore of the many golfers that made the Golf Fore the Arts fundraiser successful for the ninth year in a row.
Competitors stand on the green, sizing up their next shots at Friday’s Arts Council event.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_DSC_0818.jpgCompetitors stand on the green, sizing up their next shots at Friday’s Arts Council event.
Sampson Arts Council puts on ninth annual event

By Michael Hardison

Sports Editor

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