Despite everything, Donna Moats tried to help.
Triple-S Golf Ranch in Dade City held a charity golf tournament Sept. 13 to benefit the recovery of Moats, a victim of a July 1 domestic shooting. Moats, who is still trying to recuperate and expected to undergo a few more surgeries, tried to help with the event as much as she could.
Coordinator Nancy Smith, Moats' friend, told Moats to let her handle it. Smith also expected a good turnout, but was still surprised by the tally.
"I though it went great and it actually exceeded the amount," Smith said. "We'd thought we'd get about $6-7,000."
Turns out the tourney pulled in more than $10,500 from an event that had 79 golfers. Moats was in attendance, and while weak, took the time to thank the crowd for their support.
"She's kind of a shy person," Smith said. "She really wanted to thank the community for everything and then later, when I told her the amount that was raised, that's when the tears started flowing."
According to police reports, Moats was shot in the body by her estranged husband, Randolph Mark Moats, who was once a employee at Triple-S, which is how Smith and company came to know Donna. Records show the couple was married in Pasco County in 1988, when Randolph Moats was 19 and Donna Moats was 15.
Smith hopes that the tournament will speak to people, mainly those who are also victims of domestic violence.
"I was really happy the community pulled together," Smith said. "People need to be more aware and that it happens to our friends and families. I think it opens up eyes a little bit and a victims themselves can kind of see that they're not alone in the world. Hopefully this event helped there."
Oct. 3: The 14th annual Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Golf Tournament will be at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville.
Proceeds from the Swing for Charity tournament will go to the United Way of Pasco. The tournament will have foursomes and is set for a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Corporate sponsorships are available, with levels including foursome fees, hole sponsors, refreshments, lunch, dinner and prizes. Contact Kurt Conover at (727) 869-5494 or call, toll-free, 1-800-432-7811, ext. 5494, to receive registration and sponsorship information.
Oct. 4: The Second-Annual Port Richey Rotary Club Golf Tournament will be at Beacon Woods Golf Club, with registration at 7 a.m. and the start at 8 a.m. Cost is $60, which includes food, door prizes and a hole in one contest to win a $20,000 gift certificate toward a purchase at Coastal Cadillac-Pontiac GMS of Port Richey.
For information, contact Joe Maceda at (727) 457-7762.
Oct. 5: Lodge 2811, Sons of Italy, is sponsoring a best-ball tournament competition at River Ridge Golf Club. Sign-in is at 7:30 a.m with a 8 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $50 and proceeds will benefit Cooley's Anemia and Cancer Research.
For information, contact Nick Cirillo at (727) 862-3454.
Oct. 11: The Hudson High Boys Basketball Inaugural Golf Tournament, will be at Beaconwoods Golf Club with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $50 per golfer. For information, contact Jeff Livengood at (727) 457-3956.
Oct. 11: The Building Officials Association of Florida's Nature Coast will have its annual golf tournament at Hernando Oaks Golf Club to benefit a scholarship fund.
Cost to enter is $70 per player, which includes breakfast, greens fees, cart and lunch. Entry deadline is Oct. 1. A shotgun start for a foursome scramble team will be at 8:30 a.m. For an entry form, visit www.naturecoastchapter.org or call (352) 540-6743.
Oct. 13: The First Tee of Brooksville and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will be the hosts of a charity golf tournament as part of the Swing With The Legends Series at the Brooksville Country Club. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Cost is $300 per golfer or $1,000 per foursome.
For information, contact Mike Walker at (352) 544-5495 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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