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Golfers determined to play as the rain fell
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Updated: 01/11/2017 08:30:03AM

Golfers determined to play as the rain fell

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PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

Bartow's own 97-year-old Herbert Dixon tees off during the annual Herbert Dixon Golf Tournament at Bartow Golf Course Saturday morning. The tournament benefited the Deacons and Stewards Alliance Scholarship Fund this year.

PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

Rain dampened the tournament Saturday but it didn't stop Demetrius Figgins from supporting the scholarship drive.

PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

Herbert Dixon putts with his son Jonathan Dixon and Demetrius Figgins watching.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Fred McNair (left) offers words of thanks to those who decided to brave the weather and participate in the Third Annual Herbert Dixon Charity Golf Tournament. After an invocation, Bartow Golf Course pro Chris Banks (right) called out the start of the tournament.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Despite the rain, which was only drizzling at the moment, those participating in the Third Annual Herbert Dixon Charity Golf Tournament get ready to roll.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Herbert Dixon (right) is ready to get started in the golf tournament named in his honor by the Stewards and Deacons Alliance, Inc., the organizers of the tournament, the proceeds to benefit its scholarship program.

By STEVE STEINER

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It may have been touch and go, weather-wise, this past Saturday as it began raining — lightly, at first, but heavier as the morning wore on — but determination to go forward with the Third Annual Herbert Dixon Charity Golf Tournament prevailed.

With that, golfers were given the word to take to their golf carts, and so they did, led off by words offered by Fred McNair, whose wife is a niece of Dixon. For those who may not be aware, Dixon, 97, is a retired professional golfer who still plays several times per week at the Bartow Golf Course and who consistently shoots better than his age, usually in the 70s and sometimes low 80s.

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