The Newnan Times-Herald


Golfers tee off to assist teens, critically ill children

  • By Melanie Ruberti
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  • Sep. 18, 2018 - 7:03 AM

Golfers tee off to assist teens, critically ill children

The Newnan Times-Herald

Carson Vaughn of Newnan swings for a hole-in-one as Trey Walker, front, and Dustin Alley look on.

Dozens of golfers hit the greens Friday to boost the morale and funds for children and families affected by pediatric cancer.

The group participated in the inaugural Empowered 4 Life golf tournament at the Coweta Club inside the Arbor Springs Plantation neighborhood.

Golfers enjoyed a day on the course, a free lunch and a chance to win a new Toyota Tacoma if they hit a hole-in-one.

Half of the tournament proceeds will benefit the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The other portion will help the Empowered 4 Life organization which mentors local teens.

Derrick Teagle organized Friday’s golf tournament and is familiar with CHOA and the nonprofit group.

Teagle’s son Cameron was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma five years ago and underwent treatment at CHOA.

The now-17-year-old Newnan High School student is currently cancer-free.

Teagle also founded Empowered 4 Life in 2007.

“We’re mentoring kids, helping them grow and maximizing their talents, whether that’s athletics, science or cutting hair,” he said in an earlier interview. “We’re planting a seed in the youth. Somebody has to plant and someone has to water it.”

Teagle said he hoped the tournament would raise money to continue helping local youths – and remind children battling cancer that they are not forgotten.

“We all know a kid who struggles, and we all know kids with cancer. We need to help them out,” he said.

Teagle said the tournament raised more than $1,000.