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Local Golfers Play for a Cause

The Farmington Hills Golf Club hosts the Jon Grant Signature Classic to raise money for Xemplar Club programs.

Farmington Hills community members raised about $10,000 Wednesday, golfing in the Jon Grant Signature Classic at the . Funds will help the Xemplar Club of Farmington/Farmington HIlls support engaging programs for youth in the community.

The annual tournament is named after Jon Grant, a former mayor, golf lover and passionate youth program supporter who died in August of 2003. And like Grant, it follows a fun and easy-going theme.

"There's always a few funny things out there. It's not like a real golf outing where you get serious," Richard Lerner, a member of the Xemplar Club, said.

This year, there were more than a "few funny things" implemented. Every one of the 18 holes featured a twist to the traditional rules of play. Hole 12 provided croquet mallets as putters. Another hole allowed the golfers to deduct a stroke if their tee shot landed in the water. It was even acceptable to skip the last two holes altogether, in honor of the way Grant usually played.

Grant's wife, Debbie, who has participated in each outing, said, "He'd be extremely proud and happy to see this going on in his honor."

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