The first Dr. Hudson J. Powell Sr. Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament is fast approaching.
The tournament is the major fundraiser for a scholarship fund to benefit students pursuing a career in dentistry, which was Powell's profession. He died in April 2013, at age 59, following a battle with cancer.
"We are truly overwhelmed with the response from those who will participate," the tournament co-chairs, Katherine Jones and Clyde Redding, said in a joint statement. "We see this as an expression of affection for Hudson."
The tournament is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 10, at Forest Heights Country Club. The morning field will have registration beginning at 8 and tee times starting at 9. For the afternoon field, registration will take place at noon with tee times starting at 1.
"For anyone who enjoys the game of golf, whether a player or viewer, this day is going to be a field of generosity as we salute Hudson, whose life was dedicated to his dental patients with care and affection," Jones and Redding said.
The fee to participate in the tournament covers 18 holes, golf carts, lunch and prizes. Additionally, the "hole in one" prize will be a 2014 Toyota sedan.
"Let us remember the long-term goal for this annual outing is to fund each year a substantial scholarship to a student already enrolled in dental school or who has been selected to attend," said Jones, who worked with Powell all but one year of his dental practice. "For certain, Hudson would be humbled by this honor commemorating his professional and personal life. He was gentle and kind and gracious under any circumstance. He is to be remembered. That is why this annual tournament is so meaningful, as our hopes are his contribution to life will never be forgotten."
Redding added: "The outpouring of those who responded to our first annual fund drive honoring Hudson has established a firm (foundation) we want to build on through this tourney.
That fundraising drive culminated in the awarding of the first Hudson Powell Sr. Memorial Scholarship on Aug. 19 to Hardy Gray, a third-year dental student at Georgia Regents University in Augusta.
"I saw the impact this annual award can mean to students entering dental school or are already enrolled," Jones said. "Hudson's family attended the presentation with Pam Powell, Hudson's wife, doing the honors. Believe me, we felt Hudson's (presence)."
Redding said there is still room for a few more teams in the golf tournament.
"So it's not too late a group or groups to become a part of this very special event honoring Hudson," he said.
Anyone interested in participating in the tournament, making a contribution or looking for more information should contact Katherine Jones at (912) 764-6861 or (912) 687-0160.