Panhandle Charitable Golf Open: Tragedy into charity

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More than two dozen charities are getting big donations thanks to the Panhandle Charitable Golf Open.

The open, held from Thursday, Sept. 28th until Saturday, Sept. 30th, 2017, raised $280,000 this year, which will go to 25 non-profits in the area.

The tournament was started by John Peacock to honor his son John Ryan, who died in a car crash when he was just 17.

The tournament also honors the life of Ashley Offerdahl, who passed away suddenly at the age of 25.

"There's an amazing amount of folks here in Pensacola who just see this as a wonderful cause to honor the memory of my son and Ashley Lauren Offerdahl. And they say how can we take that and turn something bad into something good. So it's a real testament to the people in Pensacola. This community is amazingly philanthropic and its just an amazing place to be," said Peacock.

Organizers say to date, the tournament has raised more than half-a-million dollars for local charities.

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