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Mornings unPHILtered - Golfing for scholarships
Tournament to benefit COBA students
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    Monday's guest on the “Mornings unPHILtered” show was Dr. Ron Shiffler, the dean of Georgia Southern University's College of Business Administration. Shiffler came on the show to talk about the upcoming COBA Golf Tournament.
    Held on May 14, it is the 17th consecutive year for the golf tournament, which has been held at Forest Heights Country Club - this year's location - and other regional golf courses. It serves as one of the major fundraisers for the College of Business and was started by Dean Carl Gooding, Shiffler' predecessor.
    This will be what is called a scramble golf tournament, where all players hit then the entire team plays their next set of four balls from the best location of the previous four shots. There will be prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive, straighest drive, best net score team, best gross score team among others..
    The tournament's main sponsor is the Walmart's Distribution Center and East Georgia Regional Medical Center is alos sponsoring the event. The money is used for scholarships, as well as many other unexpected expenses, which can't be paid for with official college funds.
    The event is open to all, and includes students, faculty, and local GSU supporters. To sign up, it costs $95 per player. Participants can sign up as a foursome or will be put together with other entrants in a foursome.
    Shiffler said the event has so many people playing they have to bring in a tractor trailer full of extra golf carts. To enter the event, call Lisa Williams at 478-5083, or email her at
    Shiffler also mentioned that the Chamber will hold its annual fund-raising Gala at Springhill Suites on May 1 starting at 7:30 p.m. For tickets to the Gala, contact members of the Chamber or call the Chamber office at 764-6111. Tickets are $60 per person, and raffle tickets are $20 each.
    “Mornings unPHILtered” airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at on


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