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August 22, 2014

Editorial: Golf and people

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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 7:15 pm

People make a community.

Not events. Not parades. Not downtowns or shopping centers or, in Anniston’s case, the manicured beauty of Quintard Avenue’s tree-lined median. It’s people who matter. It’s people who make a difference.

On Friday, seven reporters for The Star fanned out across Calhoun County to write about the people of the Sunny King Charity Classic. (See their report at A few went to Anniston Country Club. A few more went to Cider Ridge in Oxford. Others traveled toward Etowah County to Silver Lakes.

What they found were slices of our lives, volunteers and employees, spouses and residents, golfers and card players in a back room.

They found us.

Near the No. 3 green at Cider Ridge, they ran into Misha Whatley and LaShundra Shears of the Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention in Oxford, who were volunteering for the day.

At Anniston Country Club, they met a group of men in their 70s who were having their twice-a-week card game — not out in the July heat, but inside the club’s card room. One of the men said they’d been meeting to play cards at the club since the 1950s.

At Silver Lakes, they met brothers Jason and Christopher Alderman, who’ve paired up in the tournament for 11 years, despite the fact that Christopher lives outside Atlanta.

They found out that Cider Ridge groundskeepers got to work Friday morning at the ghastly time of 2:45; that father-son teams like that of Rob and Jack Svenson, who played Friday at Silver Lakes, are common; and that Jacksonville’s Taylor Reid, who handles maintenance at Silver Lakes, will soon attend Rutgers University to study golf turf management.

Each of these stories is a brick in the community’s wall. In that way, the King Classic isn’t as much about golf, or even the charities that it assists. It’s about the people of our community, people with lots to offer and tales worth telling.

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