A golf tournament on Monday to benefit Support 1, an organization that provides post-trauma assistance to emergency responders, still is accepting golfers who wish to sign up.
The tournament will be held at 10 a.m. at Midland Valley Country Club, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Registration is $100 per person, but golfers are encouraged to partake in teams. Teams with at least one golfer who is an active or retired law enforcement officer, firefighter or EMT get a $100 discount on the team registration.
Last year, the tournament featured a “hole-in-one car,” of which contestants tried to win by making a hole-in-one on hole No. 6.
Nobody won last year's car, a 2012 Dodge Challenger, but Chris Chavous, founder and chair of Support 1, said they will have another chance this year for a 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible.
“We went muscle car last year; this year we're going old school,” said Chavous, who also is a sergeant with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.
Golfers also can pay $1 for a chance to win $50,000 on the hole-in-one shootout, which also will be at hole No. 6. Chavous said four golfers will be selected to try their luck on the hole.
Support 1 is a nonprofit organization that supports emergency responders involved in critical incidents by assisting those individuals with training and additional funding before, during and after the incident. Since many departmental budgets can't fund those services, Support 1 provides funding through donations and fundraising events.
Monday's golf tournament is the organization's primary fundraiser, and last year, it raised more than $8,500, Chavous said.
Last year's event had 22 teams playing, and Chavous said Friday that this year's event already is up to 24 teams.
“I'm tickled pink,” he said of last year's turnout and this year's expected turnout. “Ultimately, I would love to fill up the entire course, which is 32 teams. I would love to get it filled up to where the golf course belonged to us the entire day.”
Anyone wishing to register should visit the events tab at www.support1.org, print out the registration form, scan it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Chavous said payment can be made before the tournament Monday morning.
• Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.