Habitat Savannah Builds More Than Houses

Charitable organization constructed scoreboard for Women's State Team Championship

By Habitat For Humanity
October 18, 2011

Savannah, Ga. – When people think of Habitat for Humanity, they usually think of houses- golf leader boards seldom come to mind.  But in the case of Habitat Savannah, the volunteers who typically build simple homes throughout our community spent close to 300 hours building the leader board for the USGA Women’s State Team Championship held at The Landings Oct. 4-6. These hours were in addition to the regular volunteer hours this group of Landings residents spends on Habitat’s construction sites.  The “Leader Board Twelve” crew included: Bruce Bissett, Stan Plonchak, Bob Longueira, George DeSola, Wells Nutt, Roger Nord, Mark Piven, Mark Davis, Tom Rood, Terry Overton, Steele King, and Bob Fischer. 

The original USGA design specifications for this championship called for a temporary structure which would be removed at the close of the tournament; however, The Landings Club wanted to pursue the option of constructing a more permanent structure adjacent to the Plantation Clubhouse.  Landings Club committee overseeing the project decided to approach Habitat Savannah with the idea of building a scoreboard.  It was the perfect partnership as Habitat knows how to build stable, lasting structures, and most importantly, it would be built by Landings residents who had a passion and vision for what the final leader board should look like.

The finished scoreboard, which meets USGA design specifications as well as Landings Club architectural design standards, stands at 36 feet wide by 8 feet high- not including the roof.  The scoreboard was modified so that the siding and trim complemented the existing clubhouse. The shingled roof structure is built on a concrete slab and is constructed with fiber cement and composite material. 

The Landings Club paid the cost of materials for the project with the volunteer labor valued at an estimated $9,000. The “Leader Board Twelve” want to invite all volunteers in the Savannah area to join them as they build quality, affordable homes for families in need. Call 912-353-8122 to volunteer today!

The USGA Women’s State Team Championship:  

The USGA Women’s State Team Championship is a national USGA championship, where each state, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico sends three golfers to compete in a 54-hole competition. The low two scores each day count for the team score. The event was held Oct. 4-6 at The Landings, with Georgia successfully defending its title. For full results visit: http://www.usga.org

The Landings Club: 

The Landings Club, a private gated golf community located on Skidaway Island, offers six 18-hole championship golf courses: Palmetto, Oakridge, Plantation, Marshwood, Magnolia and Deer Creek. Each course has earned designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and offers a distinct layout and required style of play. http://www.landingsclub.com  

About Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity: 

The Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity, located in Savannah, Ga., and an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1983 and has built 111 houses throughout Savannah. Anyone interested in volunteering or contributing to Habitat Savannah’s mission is encouraged to call Habitat for Humanity at 912.353.8122 or visit our website at www.habitatsavannah.org .

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