FCA golf tourney draws more than 100 players

Natalie Netzel Staff Writer

October 9, 2013

PROSPERITY — Over 100 golfers from 26 teams participated in the seventh annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes golf tournament held Monday afternoon at the Mid-Carolina Country Club.

Robert and Dianne Smith organized the event to help the FCA mission in Newberry County’s middle schools and high schools — Newberry, Mid-Carolina, Whitmire and the Academy.

Last year, the golf tournament raised almost $16,000 for FCA, Robert Smith said. This year they hope to raise almost $18,000. All of the money stays in the county.

One of the major events FCA students can attend is the Rally in the Valley at Clemson in November. FCA pays 80 percent of the cost, said Amanda Finley, assistant principal at Newberry High School.

The money helps each school’s FCA depending on the needs of each individual school. For example, Whitmire uses some money for football camp.

Those who helped sponsor the tournament were Kiswire, Lewis U.M.C., Newberry Electric Cooperative and Wal-Mart.

In addition to plenty of local community golfers, the FCA received aid from retired athletes including Willie Jeffries, a retired coach from S.C. State, and Bobby Bryant, who played for 14 years for the Minnesota Vikings, Smith pointed out. Jeffries also brought a friend, Rick Henry from WIS in Columbia.

FCA provides coaches ministry, campus ministry, community ministry and challenges the youth as they go through the turbulent transition of adolescence. FCA is not just for athletes as there are non-athletes who attend meetings.

Visit www.newberrycountyfca.org for more information about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.