Friends of Tommy McLaughlin, an Egg Harbor Township native, who died in June after a long battle with addiction, held a golf tournament Sunday at McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links.
The organizers estimated they had about 100 golfers, who paid $100 a piece to benefit the Angels in Motion Foundation in Atlantic City.
Boardwalk Honda offered to donate a car to anyone who hit a hole-in-one (nobody did), and they also sent a foursome. Nearby golf courses—Twisted Dunes, The Shore Club and Greate Bay Country Club, the Vineyards at Renalt—also donated rounds. Resorts donated an overnight stay and a gift certificate to Margaritaville. The Anchorage, Charlie’s, Back Bay Ale House, Chickie’s & Pete’s and Oyster Creek Inn also gave gift certificates.
Matt Williamson, who grew up across the street from Tommy Mac in EHT, organized the event. Matt (who I grew up with, full disclosure) has a business (Jersey Shore Golf Events) that does two fundraising tournaments every year.
“It just happened that this year the untimely death of one of my best friends ultimately made the choice of which foundation we would help very easy,” he said.
Angels in Motion gives assistance to the homeless and provides treatment to people battling this addiction plague, which has been killing eight people a day in 2018 in New Jersey.
Fuller disclosure: I grew up across the street from Tommy and spent loads of time in his living room, playing Zelda, and having dunk competitions in the florida room whilst listening to Public Enemy. Miss you Tom.