On September 15th, 2021 The Kiwanis Club of Marietta Golden K and the Kiwanis club of Lost Mountain combined their efforts as they hosted the Annual Youth Charity Golf Tournament. This year, 119 golfers participated to make the tournament a “huge” success.

The event was held at the BridgeMill Country Club in Canton, GA on a cloudy day. The golfers started around 9:30 that morning and fortunately for everyone, the rain held off until later that afternoon. Some of the golfers did not finish their round of golf in time to beat the rain, however, NO lightning was seen or reported in the area.

Contest holes and prizes were awarded for: Straightest dive on hole #1; closest to the pin on all par 3 holes; and 10 foot circle prizes. In addition, golfers had a chance to win 23 different gift baskets that were raffled off. The gift baskets ranged in value from $285.00 to $525.00. Also, three live auctions included: A $535 dollar gift basket from Carabas; a week-long stay at a Sky Valley chalet; and a $300 dollar golf package at the Cartersville Country club.

All proceeds from this fundraiser are distributed to various charities. As Joe Van Horn Jr., co-chairman of the tournament said to the assembled golfers, just prior to their start, “You guys don’t realize the good you do by having fun today … we make anywhere between $25,000 to $30,000 for the children’s programs… this helps sponsor underprivileged, schools, special needs and again, this is the biggest fundraiser for both of our clubs … it’s nice that we can do something that is fun that will help so many people … it will reach out to probably 400 to 500 or more kids”.

The success of the tournament is not due to “happenstance”. A special golf committee from both clubs met for breakfast during the year to carefully plan for the event.

Later that afternoon, all the golfers and the volunteers were treated to a lunch buffet provided by the staff at BridgeMill Country Club.

For those who want to revisit that day, or see the tournament in greater detail, the event was videotaped and uploaded to the internet. Just click on this link:

https://youtu.be/HiGjnnKfVe0 to watch the golfers and awards presentations.

All the golfers and the Kiwanis Clubs volunteers had a great time that day, and left knowing that they were part a very worthwhile fundraising effort. Everyone who took part in the golf tournament truly did “Tee it up for the Kids”! 


— Story submitted by by Kiwanis Club of Marietta Club member John Kone