The Oaks to host char­ity golf tour­na­ment for lo­cal woman

The Covington News - - Sports - Josh Briggs jbriggs@cov­

The Oaks Course will host the Lumpy Bumpy Bri­tish Open 3 +1 tour­na­ment Satur­day, ben­e­fit­ing lo­cal res­i­dent Tara Sweat John­son who was badly in­jured in a car wreck in May.

Teams will con­sist of three play­ers plus one PGA pro from this week's Bri­tish Open. The three play­ers will play 18 holes un­der a scram­ble for­mat then add the score of one PGA player from their Satur­day rounds to the fi­nal to­tal. The PGA player will be one of the top 10 play­ers on the leader­board and will be cho­sen at ran­dom af­ter play is com­plete.

Play­ers can sign up at The Oaks pro shop or by call­ing the course at (770) 786-3801. The cost is $60 per player with a 36-player max­i­mum. Win­ners will be awarded for the low­est net and gross scores and there will be an op­tional honey pot and skins game.

The funds raised will go to off­set some of the medi- cal ex­pense John­son has in­curred in the wake of her ac­ci­dent. In May, John­son lost con­trol of her ve­hi­cle on Jack Neely Road af­ter suf­fer­ing a seizure while driv­ing. The ac­ci­dent has left her con­fined to a wheel­chair while she re­cov­ers al­though she has re­gained strength in her legs re­cently and is be­gin­ning to walk more. To date, John­son has en­dured seven surg­eries for lac­er­a­tions and other in­juries sus­tained in the ac­ci­dent.

Keith Parker, a close friend and a mem­ber of the Oaks Men's Golf As­so­ci­a­tion, or­ga­nized the event soon af­ter John­son's ac­ci­dent as a means to help her fi­nan­cially while she re­cov­ers.

"Ev­ery step for­ward she made in her life it seemed like she was knocked two steps back," Parker said. "She's a great per­son who would do any­thing for any­one. I knew there would be some pretty big med­i­cal bills so I just de­cided it would be good to try and help her out."

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