BHA Spring Classic Golf Tournament

The Bloomingdale Gazette

The Bloomingdale Homeowners Association is recruiting players for its Spring Classic Golf Tournament. The proceeds are being dedicated to the young woman who was left for dead after being attacked at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library in 2008. The young woman, then 18, had driven up to the library book drop after hours when she was dragged from her car, raped and beaten. Last year, Kendrick Morris of Clair Mel City was convicted of that crime and another rape and sentenced to 65 years in prison. His Bloomingdale victim was left with brain damage that took her vision and keeps her from walking, talking, or eating without a feeding tube. Proceeds from the tournament will help pay for intensive therapy and rehabilitation programs that are not covered by Medicaid or other insurance.

The tournament will start at 1 p.m. April 14 at the Bloomingdale Golfer's Club, 4113 Great Golfers Place. The cost is $80 per player or $300 for a foursome, which includes a round of golf for each player. Dinner will be served at the end of the day for all players at the club's Legends Grill. Association board member Jane Lee said the nonprofit homeowners' organization, representing about 5,000 households in the Bloomingdale subdivision, had been considering hosting a tournament at the golf club for some time. It was not difficult to choose a beneficiary, she said. "This young lady went through a horrific ordeal that will continue to affect the rest of her life," Lee said. "Who better or more deserving?"

For information, call association board member Jane Lee at (813) 477-7120 or email Checks should be mailed to the association at P.O. Box 7221, Brandon, FL 33508.

We hope everyone will come out for a beautiful day of golf, for a wonderful reason. There will be prizes for the longest drive, closest to the pin and putting contests and raffles. Oh, don't forget the good food!

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