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Local golfers tee off for two causes

A week before the legendary golf tournament descends on Augusta, there’s another tournament that raises funds to support two local nonprofits.

The 26th annual Triple Crown Golf Classic will be held on Monday, March 28 at Woodside Country Club in Aiken. Proceeds from the private event will be split between Helping Hands and Tri-Development Center of Aiken County, Inc.

Helping Hands provides services for abused, neglected, and abandoned children, while Tri-Development serves adults with a variety of disabilities, such as brain injuries and autism.

A silent auction in conjunction with the proceeds from the golf tournament and sponsors helps raise funds for two non-profits.

Heather Waddell, Executive Director of Tri-Development Center, said this year’s goal is to raise $18,000 through a combination of entry fees, sponsorships, and a silent auction.

Several businesses have signed up to sponsor the Triple Crown, including Chick-fil-A, Outback Steakhouse, Meybohm Real Estate, and the Chandler Law Firm.

“We’ll have 172 players and 43 teams, and that has exceeded what we had last year,” Waddell said.

Last year, the tournament raised a total of $20,000, but that also included the amount from 2020, when it was canceled due to Covid.

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