PTRC Golf Classic planned for Oct. 11


The Pregnancy Test and Resource Center (PTRC) will host its fourth annual golf classic at Musgrove Country Club on Friday, Oct. 11.

The cost to participate is $125 per person or $500 per team of four. Check-in is at 8 a.m. and the tournament will begin at 9 a.m.

Proceeds benefit PTRC, a local ministry that offers pregnancy testing, ultrasound, parenting classes and a clothes closet to families placing unplanned pregnancies.

In recent years, PTRC has expanded its services for expectant fathers. 

"We've had more dads who have participated in classes this year than we ever have. Our Mother's Day Brunch is a way for moms to support other moms. This (the golf tournament) is dads supporting dads," PTRC executive director Jenny Odom said.

The nonprofit hosts a bimonthly support group for dads. To date, most of the groups have been small enough that participants can feel comfortable being honest about their questions and their challenges.  

Nearly a dozen father volunteers make themselves available to counsel dads from the moment they accompany their spouse or mother of their child to the first pregnancy test or ultrasound visit. 

Odom said many of the center's male clients did not have a positive male influence growing up and are appreciative that strangers care about what kind of father they will be.

"One client went through all of his classes and was so amazed that he had not met the same dad volunteer each time. He had been given a handout on budgeting or some topic that he knew he could use, and he couldn't believe someone had taken time to prepare stuff for him," Odom said.

Dads who successfully complete the center's popular "Now What?" program by attending eight classes receive a Pack 'n Play for their child. Support group attendance counts as a class.

Fathers who do homework are eligible to get extra diapers, wipes and other baby supplies. 

The mother of the child does not have to be a PTRC client in order for dads to participate. 

For information about PTRC, call 221-5860.