Austal golf tourney nets $200,000 for local charities

Mulherin Home, United Way of Southwest Alabama and Eagles Landing benefit from event

Austal donated $50,000 to Mulherin Home, part of $200,000 raised at its annual golf tournament.

Mobile shipbuilder Austal USA raise more than $200,000 at its annual golf tournament at the Robert Trent Jones Magnolia Springs Golf Course last week.

Austal used this year’s funds to support Mulherin Home, United Way of Southwest Alabama and Eagles Landing. Mulherin Home provides housing and care for individuals with developmental disabilities; UWSWA supports a variety of health, education and other community projects; Eagles Landing, a project of the Volunteers of America, helps service veterans and their families.

 Since the tournament was founded in 2012, more than $2 million in proceeds have supported local charities.

“It is so important to Austal USA that we are a strong corporate citizen,” Austal USA President Rusty Murdaugh said. “This event provides our team with an opportunity to give back to a community that has continually supported us and has been critical to our growth. Just as important, it gives us an opportunity to say thank you and show support for organizations that are improving quality of life and helping our community thrive.”

Austal credits the tournament’s success to support from vendors and suppliers.

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“When I say we have the best shipbuilder team, our shipbuilders are the foundation, but that team absolutely encompasses our suppliers here in the gulf region and across the nation,” said Murdaugh. “Everyone operates with a team mentality. Our suppliers’ commitment to not only support us in the shipyard but also in the community is what makes the team special.”

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