United Way to golf ‘fore’ community

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hey duffers — looking for golfing fun and festivity at a great venue?

Then grab your clubs and come join us for the 18th annual United Way Golf Scramble Thursday, June 9 at beautiful Beau Pré Country Club.

It’s a great way to have some fun while helping the United Way of the Greater Miss-Lou raise funds to support local agencies that serve persons and families who are economically and socially vulnerable. We are most grateful for the golf tourney sponsorships provided by Southwest Distributors, Pepsi-Cola of Natchez, Trace City Toyota, Isle of Capri and greatly appreciate all of the other local businesses who are sponsoring teams, donating door prizes and making significant dollar donations.

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But we urge others to join — it’s not too late.

Here are the golf tourney details: Platinum sponsorship is $700 and includes the closing reception and hole sponsorship, plus fielding a four-person team.

Hole sponsorships are $100. Individuals can enter the scramble for $125. This entry fee covers lunch, green and cart fees, range balls and the closing reception. Individual players will be assigned to play on a team. Mulligans may be purchased at $20 each.

This is a great way to give your organization marketing visibility while helping a worthy cause.

The day begins with lunch being served from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. shotgun start. At the end of the scramble, we will have an awards reception with refreshments and prizes for categories such as best team score, longest drive, closest to the hole a vehicle for the first golfer who manages a hole-in-one on hole No. 13. In addition, there will be plenty of door prizes.

Also at the tourney’s conclusion, there will be a helicopter ball drop. Numbered golf balls, purchased in advance by participants for $20 each, will be dropped onto a green from a helicopter. The person who purchased the ball landing closest to the hole, or possibly going into the hole, will be awarded two nights at Isle of Capri’s Biloxi Resort, a free golf package and $500 cash.

Remember, the United Way Golf Scramble supports the agency’s purpose to develop a strong volunteer-driven organization that champions effective donor-based programs that enhance the quality of life for all residents of the Miss-Lou.

Our goal is to move them from dependency to productivity, thus becoming contributing members of society.

The United Way also supports programs that enhance the quality of life in the area, such as recreation for youth, emergency preparedness for all, counseling and transportation for the aging, and other social and health services.

For golf tourney sponsorship and registration information, contact Tammy Prince at 601-442-1081 or via e-mail at tprince@unitedwaymisslou.org. See y’all at Beau Pré June 9 and play “fore” the United Way.

Bradley Harrison is a United Way board member.