The Beginnings of Mahatma
The "MAHATMA" story began with a women's amateur softball team that played during the late 1970's. The team was sponsored by Walter Rice Construction Company which is where everyone thinks Mahatma came from. The real story behind the team's rallying cry, "THIS MA-HATMA!" is best told by one of the players.
In 1997 the group held a 20 year reunion, but instead of having a softball game the group sport had evolved to golf. This group of athletes that played softball together have remained friends for over 30 years and now make up the group that started the Mahatma Shuffle Golf Tournament.
The Beginnings of the Mahatma Shuffle Golf Tournament
At the 1997 reunion two of our Mahatma teammates, Debbie Stokes and Vivian Langley, were battling breast cancer. Unfortunately, Debbie lost her battle about two months after the reunion and Vivian needed a risky stem cell replacement in order to have a chance at recovery. The team decided to hold a golf tournament to honor and remember Debbie and to raise funds to help Vivian pay for treatment.
After a courageous battle Vivian is healthy and happy and plays in the Mahatma Shuffle every year!
The first annual Mahatma Shuffle tournament was played Thanksgiving weekend in Auburn, Alabama and raised about $4000. After a successful and incredibly uplifting experience the group decided to make the tournament an annual event. Our mission became to donate the proceeds to a woman in need of additional funds for cancer treatment. While an important aspect of the tournament is to raise money to help in the fight against this horrible disease, the greatest thing to come out of this is the emotional support and caring that we have all shared.
The first Mahatma tournament was played the weekend following Thanksgiving and the site alternated between Auburn and Tallahassee yearly. The tournament is now played on Labor Day weekend at the beautiful Callaway Garden Golf Course in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Please join us as we honor each years recipients. Their bravery in the fight against cancer is remarkable.
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Rita Clanton -
Sandra Leigh -