Paul Anderson Golf Classic Celebrates 30 Years 
Enduring golf tournament at the acclaimed River Golf Club in North Augusta, S.C., marked the occasion of three decades of generous giving and philanthropy receiving a $75,000 donation
(GEORGIA, US) Paul Anderson Youth Home, a fully accredited and licensed home offering a second chance to young men in crisis, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Paul Anderson Golf Classic at The River Golf Club in North Augusta, S.C.

Anderson family poses for a photo. (L to R) Spencer Schaefer, Garland Schaefer, Glenda Anderson, Paula Anderson, Edward Schaefer

To date, the Paul Anderson Golf Classic tournament has been one of the Home’s largest annual fundraisers in helping to raise an astonishing $7 million benefiting young men battling behavioral issues and mental health struggles – giving them hope for recovery and redemption. At the tournament, sponsors had a chance to make this their most meaningful contribution yet. FMEC (Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative) did so with a $75,000 check presentation.

“In Augusta, the ‘golf capital of the world,’ we marked a momentous milestone – 30 years together for this remarkable golf tournament,” said Glenda Anderson Leonard, president and co-founder of Paul Anderson Youth Home. “This special event comes right on the heels of our Home’s 60th anniversary, which highlights our mission to provide young men and boys with a chance at success through Christ’s teachings. Don’t miss out on an incredible day making meaningful connections that will help give those in crisis hope for tomorrow.”

For three decades, the Paul Anderson Golf Classic has served as a major source of financial support for the Paul Anderson Youth Home, a Christian residential facility catering to adolescent men from ages 16 to 21. All proceeds benefit teens in need who are having difficulty handling behavioral problems, such as anger and depression management.

The location of the event was a strong attraction to golf enthusiasts in the Southeast. The River Golf Club, named a Top 5 New Course by Golf Digest, has established itself as one of the best course designs in the region since opening in 1998. Designed by internationally acclaimed golf course architect Jim Fazio, the North Augusta course is set on the banks of the Savannah River, across from downtown Augusta.

Chick-fil-A breakfast was available and lunch was served on the course by Papa Buck’s.
“We can’t thank our longtime sponsors enough,” added Anderson Leonard. “Our corporate sponsor, Publix Super Markets Charities, has donated nearly $900,000 over the years, participating in every Paul Anderson Golf Classic since we started. We were excited to have Woody Folsom as this year’s hole in one sponsor, and we’d love to add to our sponsor list because donations are so essential to what we do.”

To sponsor a team or donate to Paul Anderson Youth Home, visit

Founded in 1961 by weightlifting world champion Paul Anderson and his wife, Glenda, the Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH) is a Christian residential program and on-campus school for young men between the ages of 16 and 21 struggling with behavioral problems and issues of discipline, anger and depression. PAYH is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). In addition to counseling and character development, PAYH offers an accelerated learning program enabling residents to graduate with a high school diploma and technical certifications. To date, over 1,400 young men have attended the program. The Home is located at 1603 McIntosh St. in Vidalia, GA. To learn more about PAYH, call (912) 537-7237 or visit

Cynthia Cradduck