As a long time coach, Clint Burton has touched a lot of lives. Now, many of those same people are gathering together to help their former coach. You can too by being a part of the golf tournament benefiting Coach Burton on Wednesday, May 28 at the Club at Shoal Creek.
Over the years Burton coached around the area at North Clayton, Lovejoy, Pike County, East Coweta, and Fayette County High. Now he's facing a tough battle with cancer. The tournament is being hosted by Pike County High School and the Pirate Touchdown Club to offset some of the expenses Burton and his family are facing. They're saw a great response with all 36 team spots filling up (they are accepting teams for the wait list). It's easy to see why.
"There's so many people that know and love Clint Burton that wanted to do something. We wanted a way to just say thanks coach, we're thinking about you, we're praying for you," says Our Lady of Mercy coach Mike Earwood, who is one of the many helping to pull together the tournament. "We wanted to do our best to give back to him after all the things he's given us."
For Earwood, the longtime coach at Starr's Mill and current coach at Mercy, Burton played an especially important role in his life. Burton coached Earwood in high school, along with so many others.
"I'm in coaching today because of Clint Burton. He encouraged me when I was in high school to go into coaching and he helped me get my first job when I got out of college," Earwood says. "He is a big reason I am where I am today."
His story and so many others have Burton fans coming out of the woodwork to be a part of the occasion.
"It's a celebration of him. It's a way to help out. It's a way to say thanks. It's all the above," says Earwood. "There's former players coming. There's former coaches that coached with him. There's other coaches statewide that didn't coach with him that just know and love Clint like we do. They just want come and be a part of it."
There are a number of ways you can get involved, whether you want to play, sponsor, donate, or all of the above.
• Corporate Sponsor – $500 ~ includes 4 person team, breakfast, lunch (Sponsored by Chick-fil-A) and program ad.
• Individual Sponsor – $200 ~ Non-participant ad in program.
• 4 – person team $350 ~ includes breakfast, lunch, range balls & cart.
• Individual player $100 ~ includes breakfast, lunch, range balls & cart. Individual players will be paired.
There will be a Shot Gun Start at 10:00 a.m. Play will be in a scramble format.
Silent Auction and Prize drawings will be held and tax-deductible items for the Silent Auction are appreciated. Any donation will be accepted with names listed in program. Several items have been donated so far including signed college football helmets from almost every SEC head coach including Mark Richt and Nick Saban, tickets for events, a signed helmet from Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer, stays at a mansion at Lake Martin or a cabin in the mountains, Ultimate Fitness memberships, an original signed and framed picture from Herchel Walker, Pink Chair gift certificates, and Scurry Outdoor South items.
For more information on the tournament, contact Carla Webb at Pike County High school at 770-567-8770 x2102.
If you're interested in donating items to the silent auction or setting up a vendor table, contact Kathy Gloer at 404-732-4264.
The Club at Shoal Creek is located at Shoal Creek 430 Country Club Drive in Griffin.