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Winners abound at Treutlen House tourney
The winning teams of Tim Mercer, Danny Tirey and Ed Fountain and Donald Nelson Jr. and Darrell McCard split the gross and net low scores at the Treutlen House’s second annual golf tournament Friday at Lost Plantation. Mercer, Tirey and Fountain,the Georgia Power team, had a gross of 58 and a net 44. Nelson and McCard, the Effingham Dental team, had a 63/45. A team cannot win both the low net and low gross score. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue

In this tournament, winning wasn’t the only thing. In fact, it was likely far from the most important thing.

The Treutlen House held its second annual golf tournament Friday at Lost Plantation, with 13 teams taking part in the fundraiser. The money raised goes to fund day-to-day operations at the home for boys.

The Treutlen House takes in boys ages 6 to 17 who often don’t fit in the foster care system.

“We get children who get there with just the clothes on their backs,” said Treutlen House director Susan Gattman.

The Treutlen House provides therapy and counseling for its residents. For the children involved in different therapeutic programs, the Treutlen House takes them to those appointments.

Gattman said they took in a 5-year-old autistic boy who was non-communicative when he first got there.

“Now, he’s talking,” she said.

The state funds some of the operations, but it’s not enough, according to Gattman.

“Forty places like Treutlen House have gone out of business because of state cutbacks,” she said.

Right now, there are 11 young men there and the house has space for 12. Children at Treutlen House come from all over the state.

“When we have a bed open and it looks like he’ll fit in, they’ll send him,” Gattman said.

Treutlen House board chairman Danny Nelson said the tournament is expected to raise $9,000.