Celebrity Golf Classic set for April 24


Supplemental Assistance to the Handicapped (SATH) will host the 31st annual Celebrity Golf Classic Monday, April 24 at Snow Hill Country Club in Wilmington.

The tournament will consist of 25 foursomes with one celebrity on each team. Celebrity sports figures who will be participating this year include Steve Moeller (former University of Cincinnati assistant basketball coach), John Warden (1968 pitcher for the Detroit Tigers), David Fulcher (former Cincinnati Bengals safety), Ronnie Oester (former Cincinnati Red), George Wilson (University of Cincinnati Bearcats and 1964 U.S. Olympic basketball team) and Paul Cluxton (former Lynchburg-Clay High School and Northern Kentucky University basketball player) along with other former athletes who will also be participating.

Proceeds from the event will be used to support KAMP (Kids and Motivated People) Dovetail, a five-day, four-night annual volunteer-run summer camp at the Rocky Fork State Park serving children with special needs. More than 300 special needs children attend the camp each year, and it is supported by approximately 400 volunteers.

The camp primarily serves special needs children in Adams, Brown, Clinton, Fayette and Highland counties. Each child at the camp is teamed up with a personal volunteer to ensure the best experience for every participant.

This year’s KAMP Dovetail will mark the camp’s 41st year. “We’re hoping to have a ribbon cutting on our brand new horse barn slash arena that we’ll be using this summer at camp,” said SATH Executive Director Linda Allen.

She said she hopes to raise at least $20,000 from the golf classic. “I’d be disappointed if it didn’t go to $20,000, but hopefully it will,” she said.

An auction of sports memorabilia will take place after the tournament at about 3:30 p.m. It is open to the public.

Items to be auctioned will include a helmet autographed by Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow and items autographed by Cincinnati Bengal Ja’Marr Chase. “We have rookie cards and autographed pictures from Tee Higgins and Chase and Burrow,” said Allen. Cincinnati Reds tickets will also be auctioned along with a number of other items.

Allen said there is still room for teams to participate in the event at a cost of $200 per player or $800 per team. Each team will draw to determine their celebrity player at 9 a.m. before the event begins at 10 a.m. Businesses and individuals can also sponsor a sign to be placed at one of the holes on the course during the event for $100. The sponsor will receive the sign autographed by each celebrity after the tournament.

John and Andrea Holt, the owners of Ponderosa in Hillsboro, are sponsoring the event and providing lunch for the tournament.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. “There are always a lot of great items that come in from the celebrities, and the auction is open to the public in the afternoon for anyone who wants to come out,” said Allen.

Those interested in participating in the tournament can contact Allen at 937-366-6657 or 937-364-6144 after 5 p.m.

Reach John Hackley at 937-402-2571.

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