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Countryway Golf fundraiser offers night-time play

CARROLLWOOD – Once a year, this event is a shot in the dark.

For the past few years, golfers at the Countryway Golf Club have been teeing it up – at night.

It’s part of a fundraising tournament at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 for Law Enforcement United Inc., an organization that supplies fallen officers and their families with much-needed funds. This is the fourth year that the event has been held at Countryway and organizer Ellen Pierson said. After nine holes, there will be a dinner, followed by nine more holes in the dark. Golfers are supplied glow-in-the-dark golf balls. The tee boxes and yardage markers will be lit, and the greens will be surrounded by lights. The play will be on the front nine during both rounds.

Pierson said this will have the largest turnout ever,

“We wanted to expand it this year,” Pierson said. “We’ve collected a lot of money for a good cause.”

She said that the tournament will be a laid back affair without the snobbishness sometimes related to golf.

“We aren’t getting serious. A lot of regular golfers won’t take night golf seriously,” Pierson said. “This is for the casual golfer out to have a good time.”

There will be plenty of police officers playing, with more than 30 of them from as far away as Polk County are signed up.

For more on tournament, call (813) 854-1182.

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