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Teens to hold golf tourney
Group also will unveil plans for academy

CONYERS - It's a big month for local teen golf organization Teens on the Green.

On Friday, the organization that helps students from all over the United States earn academic and golf scholarships to college will hold a fundraiser and qualifier golf tournament, during which it also will unveil its plans for a new golf academy.

The golf event, which will be held at Cherokee Run Golf Course at 1595 Centennial Olympic Parkway in Conyers, will kick off with a junior golf tournament at 8 a.m. for ages 11 to 19. Students will compete to qualify for the Teens on the Green World Championship, scheduled for December. With registration, which is $40, they will receive a dozen balls from Bridgestone, a golf shirt from Sweet Spot Apparel, lunch and range balls.

At 1 p.m., the adult event tees off. celebrities attending the event include Peachtree TV Atlanta Braves sports host J.J. Johnson, 11Alive sportscaster Sam Crenshaw, Golf Digest Magazine senior writer Pete McDaniel, champion golfer Jim Thorpe, former WNBA star Rushia Brown, Miss Georgia Kimberly Gittings and others. Entry fee is $200 for adults and includes cart, lunch and dinner.

Entry forms are available at www.teensonthegreen.

com.

"We hope that the local and business community will come out and support this unique event and participate in building a program to better the lives of our youngsters," said founder and CEO Renny Roker. "The Teens on the Green mission is to provide opportunities for youngsters of every racial background to earn scholarships to college based on grades and golfing ability."

During the event, Roker also plans to unveil plans for the golf academy that is planned to open later this year.

"By opening an academy in Conyers, it will enable us to provide quality education and golf instruction to youngsters in the Conyers-Covington area and youngsters from over 72 countries in the world," Roker said. "The Teens on the Green Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives and futures of youngsters from every financial and ethnic background, but the vision just begins with golf and education."

The academy is expected to be housed at Cherokee Run and will include a dormitory and classroom space. It will provide both golf instruction and an academic program.

More information about the golf event and the organization is available on the Web site or by calling Roker at 770-483-8658.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Teens on the Green Fundraiser and Junior Golf World Championship Qualifier

· When: 8 a.m. July 31

· Where: Cherokee Run Golf Course, 1595 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers

· More Information: 770-483-8658 or www.teensonthegreen.com