Archive for Thursday, September 9, 2004

Golf tourney Sept. 29 to benefit local schools

September 9, 2004

Proceeds generated from a golf tournament later this month will go towards paying for college scholarships for graduating Basehor-Linwood High School seniors.

School district officials and members of the Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation announced this week that an 18-hole, four-man scramble golf tournament will take place Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Falcon Lakes Golf Course, located on Kansas Highway 7 in north Basehor. The Basehor Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the education foundation, is also a tournament sponsor.

Registration for the tournament is under way. Cost per player is $100.

The education foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that raises funds for educational programs not typically funded by the school district such as college scholarships, teacher grants or seed money to develop new curriculum. Money garnered from the tournament will go toward meeting some of those financial goals, school district officials said.

Don Swartz, school district director of building operations and a member of the golf tournament organizing committee, said the foundation hasn't targeted a fund-raising goal. Ideally, Swartz said, up to 96 players, or 24 teams, would participate in the tournament.

"We want to raise as much as possible," he said. "I've known some (organizations) that have raised $20,000 for stuff like this."

In addition to the $100 entry fee, tournament organizers are also seeking the support of local businesses. Swartz said organizers hope businesses will sponsor a hole, at a cost of $400 or $700 to sponsor a hole and a four-man team, for the tournament. Sponsors will have their business name listed on the hole, all programs and will be recognized at an awards banquet following the tournament.

The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Pre-tournament registration, a luncheon and an open pass to the driving range begin at 11 a.m.

Contests for the tournament include competitions for longest tee shot, closest shot to the pin and a test in putting accuracy.

Anyone interested in playing in the tournament should contact Swartz at (913) 724-1396, ext. 101.

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