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Golfing for a Good Cause

May 15, 2006

Albany -- If you noticed co-workers missing from the office today and heard rumors they were on the golf course, don't get too mad.

It was all for a good cause.

The 19th annual tournament for the American Heart Association taking place this afternoon, and organizers say support remains strong.

About ninety golfers are out at Doublegate Country Club this afternoon for the Regions Bank Heart Golf Classic.

The tournament has been going on for almost two decades, and Group President of Regions Bank South Georgia Luke Flatt says it's a very worthwhile event.

"Anytime you can raise money for a good cause, it's time you want to spend."

President of the Albany Regions Bank and co-chair of the golf committee Jimmy Wilson says, "Many years ago we decided this would be one of the great causes to support in the community to fight heart disease and stroke. We certainly enjoy the tournament and enjoy our affiliation with the heart association."

Wilson says there's a lot of support year after year.

"We get some of the same players and the same sponsors, and it's just an easy event to put on."

Bill Shipley says, "We usually have a team from Buffalo Rock in it every year. It's for a good cause, and we're a community service company. We just enjoy doing things for the community."

Shipley says hitting the links for a good cause is a win-win situation.

"It always helps to get to come out and play golf. That's always a plus."

Organizers are expecting to raise between twenty and 25-thousand dollars for the American Heart Association from today's event.

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