Indoor, winter golf tourney raises money for local charities

Dozens of people gathered, many with drinks in hand, to watch teams of golfers compete over nine virtual holes in the second Charity Winter Golf Tournament.

Bob Tubbs, who has organized the event both years, and spends much of his free time raising money for charity, says there is a lot that makes the tournament unique.

"As soon as Revolution opened, I immediately saw the potential for an event like this," said Tubbs. "There aren't a whole lot of places where you can golf at night, especially in the middle of winter."

The way the event is set up is that two-person teams are competing in a round robin format each week. Money, collected from fees and donations, will be split among the competing charities, while donated prizes will be given to the golfers.

"It's just a fun way to give back to some good groups, and have some fun doing it," said Tubbs.

Ken Terry, one of the owners of Revolution Golf & Grille, said he was happy to see the charity event return this year.

"Bob Tubbs is a tremendous money-raiser, he came to us, and said he wanted to do a little something fun for charity," said Terry. "We do a lot of charity fundraisers on our own, we try to give back when and wherever we can, so this was a natural partnership"

In addition to donations made, a portion of all meal and drink sales every Monday night in January will be split among the participating charities.

Mike Rock and Mike Levenson are two local insurance agents who, as both avid golfers and proud dog owners, were both happy to come out and compete on behalf of Heritage Humane Society.

"My daughters have both adopted dogs from Heritage Humane Society, they've done a great job, and I'm always happy to support them," said Rock. "I think it's important to support our local nonprofits, and if I get to work on my golf game while doing it, all the better."

In addition to Heritage Humane Society, other participating charities include Literacy for Life, Colonial CASA and Here for the Girls.

Vicky Vawter is the program manager for Here for the Girls, a local charity that works with young women diagnosed with breast cancer. For her part, Vawter enjoys what makes this event so much different from other charity events — and not just because people are golfing at night in the middle of winter.

"I really love that this event brings charities together, we may be competing, but we're all in this together, all part of the same community," said Vawter. "This is not just a good cause, but for several good causes, and it's nice to see that."

The tournament will run each Monday night in January, beginning at 5:30 pm, at Revolution Golf & Grille, located at 1430 High Street.

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