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Trouts Community Charity Golf Tournament Fills Bent Tree

by Don Martin ~ August 13th, 2008

Tournament Host & Sponsor, Jack Short, Directs Traffic at the Start

Tournament Host & Sponsor, Jack Short, Directs Traffic at the Start

Today was the annual Trouts Community Charity Golf Tournament. Jack Short, the owner of the two Trouts Beverage Stores located in Pickens County, elevates fund raising for local charities to an art form. He attracts so many players that foursomes won’t work – so he puts folks out in sixsomes! Bent Tree doesn’t own enough golf carts to put that many people on the course at once so they rent carts from local members to make up the difference. Now that is a one big tournament. Russell Smith, Bent Tree’s long time pro, and his staff did a great job of preparing the course, organizing the carts and managing the tournament play. 
Jack brought together everything else. He has volunteers to assist in every phase of the tournament from check-in, to silent auction, to prizes, to drink carts and stations, food stations, lunch buffet, photography and contests – and even adult chaperones to monitor the “Hooters” girls out at the 13th tee. The result of the efforts of all those folks was that there were 180 thoroughly happy, thoroughly fed (and watered – if you know what I mean) and thoroughly charitable golfers scattered somewhat haphazardly all over Bent Tree’s tight, well bunkered and beautifully maintained Joe Lee designed course for most of the day. (The course is in great shape James – Keep up the good work!)


Team 17 Had a Good Time!
Team 17 Had a Good Time!
Jack didn’t miss an opportunity to squeeze a little extra donation out of everyone and you never saw so many folks cheerfully making whatever extra donations Jack could dream up. There is a huge investment and time, energy and money to make an event like this really work and Jack, his wife Janet, his sponsors and all his employees and volunteers are owed a huge vote of thanks not only by the 180 or so of us that had a great time, but by the entire community. In a few weeks Jack will be handing over thousands of dollars in donations to our local charities and shortly after that there will be some clients of local charities with extra services or products and the fabric of our community will be just a little stronger. All of this because 180 folks went out and had a good time, but more precisely, because one man had the vision, the will and foresight to make it happen.

Keep up the good work Jack – and put me down for a whole “sixsome” next year.
See you round the mountains,








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