The South Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association held its 20th Annual Tournament, October 8, 2004, benefiting the Florida Branch of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This year’s event raised more than $22,000 for the center, exceeding tournament chairman Billy Entwistle Jr.’s, goal of $20,000, in recognition of the tournament’s 20th year. Year-to-date contributions to the center from this annual event are now in excess of $206,000.
“Twenty years ago, the center began its work out of tragic circumstances, the abduction and murder of Adam Walsh. Today, we are part of a national network of nonprofit centers helping thousands of children and families every year,” stated Nancy A. McBride, NCMEC Director of Prevention Education. “We are proud to be associated with the SFGCSA and grateful to the community for their ongoing support of our mission: to help find missing children, and to prevent child victimization.”
“The SFGCSA is one of our charter supporters and partners,” said Reve Walsh, co-founder and board members of the NCMEC. “The children in Florida have access to child safety information and programs, and their parents have access to an efficient response team if their child is missing. This would not be possible without the continued loyal support of the SFGCSA.”
In 1984, the South Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association board members, including Bill Entwistle Sr. and David Lottes, held the first tournament at Emerald Hills Country Club in Hollywood, Florida, several miles from where Adam was originally abducted. During the early years of the tournament, the site moved from Bonaventure to Inverrary Country Club, to its current home of Colony West Country Club, in Tamarac, Florida, where Dale Kuehner, CGCS is the host superintendent. The tournament committee has changed through the years as well, with Bill Entwistle Sr. turning chairman duties over to his son Billy Entwistle Jr., golf course superintendent/club manager of Flamingo Lakes Golf Club. This year’s board members included Bryan Singleton, golf course superintendent of Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables; current SFGCSA president Kelly Cragin, golf course superintendent at Grenada Golf Club in Coral Gables; Dale Kuehner, CGCS; Bill Rayside, Harrell’s fertilizer sales representative; Robert Klitz, CGCS, general manager of Orangebrook Country Club; Jim Goins, CGCS, from Hollybrook Golf & Tennis Club, and Bill McKee, golf course superintendent at Oak Tree Country Club.
The 2004 Tournament Committee was faced with the daunting challenge of trying to field a tournament in South Florida just days after the last of four hurricanes had destroyed homes, golf courses and businesses throughout the Sunshine State. The tournament apparently was a welcome relief for many who hung up their chain saws and generators for a day of fun and fellowship, benefiting a great cause. A full field of 152 players showed up, with area golf industry vendors pledging their financial support, and making the 2004 event a record breaking fund-raising success.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a private, 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 1984 as a national resource center on child protection, and a clearinghouse for information on child victimization. Since its creation, NCMEC has assisted law enforcement on more than 77,000 cases of missing children, and has played a role in the location and recovery of more than 60,000 children. For more information about NCMEC, please call 1-800-THE-LOST, 24 hours a day, or visit the website at: www.missingkids.com.
Submitted by Robert G. Klitz CGCS
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