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60 golfers played in benefit tournament

The First Annual Bruce Blasingame Memorial Golf Tournament was a giant success, according to local organizers.

The benefit golf tournament, which was held at Belle Meade Country Club near Thomson last Saturday, drew 60 golfers -- many of whom graduated from Thomson High School. The school's football team benefited from the tourney.

"We had a great time, I mean to tell you," said former football head coach Paul Leroy, who lives in the Belle Meade subdivision and was one of the organizers of this memorial golf tournament.

"We had a great turnout and the good Lord gave us some nice weather to boot. We couldn't have asked for a better day all the way around."

The tournament was named in memory of the late Bruce Blasingame, who passed away earlier this year. Coach Blasingame, as he often was referred, was a former football coach, principal and longtime supporter of the Thomson High Bulldogs' football program

"We wanted to do something like this to honor our friend, Bruce," said coach Leroy, a former member of the McDuffie County Board of Education. "He was a man who really loved those Thomson Bulldogs I'm here to tell you. And we all loved him."

Web posted on Thursday, August 12, 2010

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