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Submitted Photo  A smiling Riley Sprowl and mom Karla took in the tournament
Submitted Photo A smiling Riley Sprowl and mom Karla took in the tournament
Leader Photos by Elise Williams  Cindy Baker lines up her puttBuy Photo
Leader Photos by Elise Williams Cindy Baker lines up her putt
Leader Photos by Elise Williams  Austin White cranks one off the tee boxBuy Photo
Leader Photos by Elise Williams Austin White cranks one off the tee box
Leader Photos by Elise Williams  The tournament was well attendedBuy Photo
Leader Photos by Elise Williams The tournament was well attended

The Van Alstyne Fire Department’s annual fundraising golf tournament is always well attended but this year the numbers skyrocketed with the announcement that proceeds would go to benefit Riley Sprowl, the Van Alstyne teenager paralyzed in a December sledding accident. Held on Saturday, the Fore Fire for Riley Golf Tournament at The Bridges Golf Club in Gunter was so stocked with players and teams that the club’s golf cart supply ran short, forcing Van Alstyne Fire Chief Landon Smith and company to scramble to find 10 additional carts outside the city to rent and bring in to the tournament. The final numbers: 34 teams, 136 players and $5,000 raised for Sprowl and his family. “It was a very well-attended event,” said Smith. With a good cause — not to mention incredible prizes such as a 40-inch smart screen television, Benelli Nova shotgun, Alaska Guide coolers, PGA Superstore shopping spree, Ping bags and irons and even a deer blind — on the line it’s no wonder this year’s tournament was a smashing success.