It’s a golf tournament that’s ‘fore’ the kids.
    That’s how the Heart of Texas Children’s Advocacy Center describes the Callaway Professional Golf Tour, hosted by the Brownwood Country Club Sept. 11-16.
    The board of the Children’s Advocacy Center, also known as CAC, is selling sponsorships, and there are still sponsorships available, CAC board president Christina Moss said.
    Anyone interested in a sponsorship should contact her or District Attorney Micheal Murray, who is on the CAC executive board, at 325-646-0444, Moss said.
    Last September, the Brownwood Country Club hosted the Adams Pro Golf Tour, which benefited the Ark, a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter that serves Brown, Comanche and Coleman counties.
    Moss said she hopes the Callaway Professional Golf Tour might raise $20,000 for the CAC, which could be used to help with medical equipment and training.
    “That would be huge … ($20,000) would go toward a lot of things,” Moss said. “There are a lot of things we want to do that we can’t do because we don’t have the funds.”
    The Heart of Texas CAC opened in Early in September 2012. The center’s Facebook page describes it as “a child-focused center that coordinates the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse.” It serves Brown, Coleman, Mills, Comanche, Menard and McCulloch counties.
    The CAC is a huge help to law enforcement, prosecutors and child victims — as well as their families — of sexual and physical abuse. Services include forensic interviews of child victims conducted by Christy Robinson, the CAC’s executive director and forensic interviewer.
    The interviews are recorded and enable child victims to give a single account of what happened to them rather than having to repeat the account to multiple people in law enforcement and prosecutors’ offices, Robinson and law enforcement investigators have said.
    “It gives children a voice,” Robinson said earlier. “We follow the family until the case is closed.“
    The CAC provides numerous other services to children and their families, and without the CAC in Early, families — and investigators — would be forced to travel to a CAC in another county.
    The Heart of Texas CAC has conducted 575 forensic interviews since June 2013, Robinson said. The CAC serves Brown, Coleman, Mills, Comanche, Menard and McCulloch counties.
“They’re phenomenal at what they do,” said Brownwood police detective Robert Lee, who investigates crimes against children and juvenile crimes. “They’re trained to interview kids to know how to ask questions to hear the story from the kids’ view.
“It’s very beneficial because the child’s only interviewed one time and doesn’t have to relive the experience over and over and over.”
    Moss said when the tour opens Sept. 11, a Monday, there will be a junior clinic in which pros will give lessons to area children.
    The next day, Tuesday, Sept. 12, will be “the big event” when the Pro-Am Tour takes place. It will consist of a maximum of 30 teams, and each team will consist of three amateurs and a professional, Moss said.
    The cost to play is $135 per person.
    Contests will include Closest to Pin, with a $500 cash prize for the winning team; Longest Drive, also with a $500 cash prize for the winning team; and hole-in-one. Prizes for the hole-in-one include a vehicle donated by Big Country Ford, and a UTV donated by Lee Hoffpauir Polaris, Moss said.
    Activities Wednesday, Sept. 13 include a dinner at the Country Club for $30 a plate, and includes music and dancing.
    A ladies clinic will be Thursday, Sept. 14 and will include wine, cheese and appetizers.
    The professional tour will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
    “It’s really exciting for Brownwood,” Moss said. “We want to make it a really big event.”