Posted by: katiecrawford | April 19, 2009

A Day to Remember

CrossApril 15, 2009 marked the anniversary of a tragedy that greatly affected the lives of students at Greenbrier High School in Evans, Georgia just six years ago.

On April 15, 2003 four golfers from Greenbrier were headed to a golf tournament just 20 miles north of Evans at Rocky Branch Golf Course in Appling. Just a few miles away from the course the driver over corrected and flipped the car. Two boys, Shane Williams (17) and Daniel Hall (16), were killed and the other two Matthew and Michael Barman suffered severe injuries. My brother, Patrick, was a member of the Greenbrier golf team and was the first car to come upon the wreck. I can remember being in Target when my mother received a frantic phone call from Patrick screaming that something horrible had happened and it was not going to be okay. As my mother and I ran out of the store, we jumped in the car and headed to the site of the wreck. I was dropped off at a friend’s house and I did not see my family until late that night.

The days following the accident students, faculty, and families grieved for the two that had been killed and prayed for the two others that were in the hospital. After several surgeries and months in the hospital the two brothers were released and are doing quite well now. The two families that lost their sons deal with the loss one day at a time.

As my brother approached his senior year, he wanted to do something to remember Shane and Daniel by. For his senior project he hosted a memorial golf tournament in memory of Shane Williams and Daniel Hall. The tournament was a great success. Businesses and families from all accross the Augusta/Evans area sponsored holes or donated items for raffles. At the end of the day, the tournament had raised $10,000 that would be used to build a memorial practice area at Greenbrier.

So today, I remember not as a tragic day, but a day that has made me and hundreds of others greatful to by alive and well. This day is a day to remember Shane and Daniel and know that they are watching over us. God Bless.


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