Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fayette County Pro Golfer Organizes Tournament for Special Needs Students

Johan Kok (right) addresses tournament participants as Chris Horton, director of the Exceptional Children’s Department of the Fayette County School System, looks on.

A former McIntosh High School of Peachtree City graduate turned professional golfer paid it forward by hosting a golf tournament to benefit special needs students in Fayette County schools.

Johan Kok, who graduated from McIntosh in 1998, organized and hosted the “Golf for Autism” tournament recently held at the Flat Creek Golf Club in Peachtree City. 72 golfers turned out to have fun and raise money for a worthy cause.

The Exceptional Children’s Department of the Fayette County School System was the primary recipient of the tournament’s funds. Secondary recipients were the ASPIRE after school program of the Joseph Sams School and the support group, Fayette ExceptionalOPS, which serves students and parents of students with special needs.

In addition to the tournament, a raffle was held and included prizes such as golf bags donated by Ernie Els, a well-known professional golfer and spokesperson for Autism Speaks. Additional sponsors included Ed Voyles Chrysler/Jeep, Georgia Shrimp Company, Bloomfield Farms/Blend Pack, J & H Southern Construction, Mark Gray Insurance, Peachtree Pain and Body, Northstar Mortgage Group, Gary G. Lawson, ExceptionalOPS, AES Cabinets, Kate’s Liquor, Bulldog Supply, Tom and Buffie Davenport, Uniglobe McIntosh Travel and Discount Golf Shop.

Kok hopes to make the tournament an annual event. He played on the professional golf tour in Europe and South Africa before returning to the United States in 2007.

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