Phil Niekro, 44 teams celebrate 20 years of golf tournament

In the early days of the Edmondson-Telford Center for Children, attorney Lydia Sartain recalled a young boy coming in to the Gainesville nonprofit.

No older than 5, the boy pulled out a toothbrush from a packet and asked the center’s current director, Heather Hayes, if it was for him.

“He said, ‘I’ve always wanted my very own toothbrush,” Sartain said, adding that the moment showed the center was doing the “right thing here.”

Through 20 years of the Phil Niekro Golf Classic, the organizers have raised more than $1 million for the Washington Street center.

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