Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast hosted their inaugural A Round for the Kids golf tournament at Emerald Bay Golf Club on March 24.

More than 50 golfers participated in the event to help raise funds for Boys & Girls Clubs across the region.

The event, sponsored by Coastal Accounting, was a huge success and not only raised funds for Boys & Girls Club, but it raised awareness of the impact that Boys & Girls Club has on our area’s youth.

Tournament participants enjoyed a variety of competitions in addition to the 18 holes of scramble golf tournament play. Activities included a long drive contest, closest to the pin competition and a putting skills championship. A $10,000 cash prize was up for grabs in the hole-in-one competition. John Carter, who was part of the Crab Island Cantina Team, aced hole No. 12, a 201-yard hole-in-one, to claim the $10,000 cash prize.

“I thought I had hit the ball pretty well,” said Carter, who did not know the ball found the bottom of the cup until official witness Crystal Mayes started jumping up and down, arms raised at the green.

“What an exciting day, I got to see my first hole-in-one in person,” said Mayes.

Event planners are already gearing up for next year’s golf tournament, and plans are in place to make the event bigger and better. To get involved in the tournament, or to get involved with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, contact Rob Engel at 850-862-1616 or