NC golf tournament to benefit education programs

Laurinburg, NC - LAURINBURG, NC (WMBF) – The 2010 Laurinburg/Scotland County Area County Chamber of Commerce Drive is gearing up with a strong start.

The tournament is a way of raising money by the Chamber for various education programs, including the Junior Leadership Scotland program. Spaces for the event are quickly filling up.

Registration is $75 per golfer. It is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on May 25 at Scotch Meadows Country Club.

The tournament will be packed with plenty of fun, prizes and tasty food:  participants will be treated to a great hamburger lunch and steak dinner courtesy of Golden Coral; drinks will be available from Budweiser; longest drive, closest-to-the-pin and hole-in-one contests will be scattered around the course; a competition gives participants a chance to sink a $2,500 putt; and door prizes and goodie bags will be given out.

"We've seen our attendance for the tournament grow over the years," said Matt Kendall, program director.  "Our business community appreciates the chance to get out for a warm afternoon of golf with friends while helping our local students better themselves."

Funds from the tournament benefit several Chamber education programs.  Junior Leadership Scotland is designed for high school sophomores and juniors to better their understanding of the daily workings, unique opportunities and challenges of Scotland County.  This year, one participant with Junior Leadership will attend the Shelton Challenge at the campus of NC State in Raleigh.  The challenge is a week-long program designed to better prepare students for leadership roles.

A bulk of the tournament's funds will go to the PASS Scholarship, which helps up to five deserving seniors planning to attend Richmond Community College, St. Andrews Presbyterian College or UNC Pembroke.  "It's been a tough year economically for many here in Scotland County," said Cole.  "It is especially hard on the families with young people in college or heading off to college."  Scholarships are awarded in $1,000 amounts.

Finally, funds will help promote the Third GEAR program.  The day-long session helps third graders understand several careers around Scotland County.  Businesses participate by bringing large trucks and machinery to help with their presentations.

The four-player teams and captain's choice tournament format appeal to every skill level.  And that appeal translates to an overwhelming start to registration; over half of the tournament's spaces are taken.

"We are limited to only 120 golfers so I urge everyone to sign up early:  first come, first served," said Steve Cole, planning committee chairman.

Sponsorships are available, and include player registrations, program recognition and advertising opportunities.

"I encourage all golfers to help us help ourselves here in Scotland County by promoting higher education opportunities for the future of our community," said Cole.  "The tournament is a fun way to raise money for educational opportunities for the young people of Scotland County."

Registration is available online by visiting the Chamber's website at www.laurinburgchamber.com and clicking the tournament button along the right-hand side. For sponsorship and tournament information, or to register over the phone, call the Chamber at (910) 276-7420.