September 1, 2005
Albany - It is hard for all of us to go about our daily lives while so many have lost everything they had in Hurricane Katrina.
That is especially true for those playing in the Georgia State Golf Association's Senior Championship at the Doublegate Country Club.
Many of those in the senior tournament are staying in hotels here in Albany that are filled with families who fled the Mississippi and Louisiana coast.
Many of those evacuees have nothing to go back to and are stranded here in Albany.
The stories the players are hearing from these families prompted Spencer Sappington to pass the hat at Wednesday night's players banquet with the hopes of raising maybe hundred or two hundred dollars to help those families in Albany.
To the surprise and delight of Sappington, the flower bowl had almost 1100 dollars after just one trip around the banquet room.
Sappington plans to meet with the manager of the hotel he is staying with the goal of using that money to help as many families at the hotel as possible.
Spencer Sappington said "These guys will have helped a family, two families or three families to get by a little easier. It is not a silver bullet for them but it is going to make it a little easier."
Spencer Sappington got the idea from fellow GSGA senior player Don Marsh whose wife Belinda is playing the GSGA Ladies State Amateur this week in Dalton.
Sappington says Belinda Marsh led efforts to raise money from the those playing in the women's state amateur to help Hurricane victims who are stranded in that part of Georgia.