The Empowerment and Diversity (ED) Golf Tour’s Scholarship and Awards Banquet was held December 9 at the Sewells Point Golf Club in Norfolk. The event is held annually to conclude the golf season.
The E-D Tour honored Dr. Charles “Chuck” Wooding of the Peninsula Golf Association as its Legacy Award winner. The Legacy Award is presented to a golfer in the community who has spent a lifetime involved in golf helping to promote and expand the game of golf to youth and adults.
“Dr. Wooding’s long history in golf certainly characterizes a long legacy of involvement in the sport,” said J.R. Locke, President of the E-D Tour.
Dr. Wooding, AKA “Chuck Wooding” as he is often referred to, recently placed first in his age bracket and 2nd overall in the 2017 Senior Open Tournament in Hampton, VA. He served as Volunteer Assistant Golf Coach at Hampton University and is a former member of Senior Golf Series Association, which was a satellite tour for aspirants for the now PGA Champions Tour.
Chuck was Past President of the Golden Tee Golf Club of Montgomery, Alabama. He was also among the first to integrate the Alabama Open in the mid-seventies while living in Montgomery. He qualified for and played in the U.S. Public Open in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1988.
The E-D Golf Tour also awarded two High School Seniors with $500 scholarships toward their college education.
Scholarship recipients were Tara Grady of Nansemond River High School and Colin Hawes of Kellam High School.
E-D Tour Player of the Year honors were bestowed upon Mike Dorsey in the Champions Bracket; Andre Broaddus in the Tour Bracket; and George Walker in the Challenge Bracket.
The Mission of the E-D Golf Tour is GOLF, SCHOLARSHIP & BENEVOLENCE. One of its community service projects in partnership with the Food Bank includes its THRPY Program (which stands for Turkey, Ham, Rolls, Potatoes, & Yams) and involves donating and delivering baskets of food complete with the ingredients to cook a delicious meal at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Participation on the E-D Golf Tour not only provides players with an opportunity to have fun, improve their game, and fellowship with other golfers, it also allows golfers to be a part of giving back to their community by supporting high school students with scholarships.
“It is our goal that one day those $500 dollars scholarships will turn into $1,000 or $5,000 scholarships,” said Locke.
Additional information regarding the E-D Golf Tour can be found by visiting www.ed-golftour.com