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Mayor to play in 1st annual charity golf tourney

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin will join other mayors from across western Massachusetts on Friday to play in the first annual Mayors’ Cup, which will raise money to fight hunger.

Martin said the idea came from West Springfield Mayor Edward Sullivan, who wanted to get mayors throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond to play golf together each year to raise money for a local charity.

Martin said four Greenfield teams will play. He said the tournament will be held at Southampton Country Club with a 9 a.m. tee time on Friday.

“We’re going to rotate where the tournament is held each year and the winning team will decide which charity we play for the following year,” he said.

Martin said proceeds this year — it will cost each person $100 to play — will go to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

So far, Sullivan, Martin and the mayors from Chicopee and Easthampton have signed on to bring players, he said.

Martin said other mayors will join them for the dinner and reception that will follow later in the day.

“Some mayors couldn’t make it but will be sending a delegation,” said Martin. “Everyone thinks this is a good cause.”

He said each city will compete for an engraved trophy, which will be displayed in its city hall until the next tournament.

According to the regional food bank, one in eight people in western Massachusetts face hunger each day and almost one of five children come from families struggling to keep food on the table.

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