Want to tee up and support a good cause? This spring offers two opportunities to mix charity with pleasure.
First up is a golf tournament organized jointly by the Relay for Life teams at Pisgah United Methodist Church and Salem Baptist Church.
â€œWeâ€™re just trying to raise as much money as possible to go to the Relay,â€ said Brad Gates, one of the organizers.
The tournament will be held at the Lincoln Country Club April 29. The cost is $50 per person and $200 per team.
Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the tournament starts at 2 p.m. Early registration is welcome.
The event will also include a lunch fund raiser. Barbecue plates will be $5 each and hot dogs will be $1 each.
All proceeds go to a worthy cause, the American Cancer Society, and it provides an enjoyable afternoon for golf enthusiasts.
â€œIt just gives us an opportunity to spend time with our friends,â€ Gates said. â€œWe donâ€™t necessarily have to be great at it, but we enjoy the outdoors, we enjoy the fellowship together.â€
A little later in the spring, May 19, the Lincoln Family YMCA will host its â€œMasters of the Amateursâ€ golf tournament.
The event raises money for underprivileged children to become active in the YMCA at discounted rates or free of charge.
â€œThere are so many kids in our community that want to come to the Y and participate in our programs and need to be in our programs,â€ said Ron Johnston, executive director of the YMCA. â€œWe do everything we can to get them in there.â€
Programs include summer day camp, swimming lessons and â€œKids in Motion.â€
The tournament will be held at the Lincoln Country Club and the with lunch and registration beginning at 10:30 .m. The shotgun start will be at noon. The fee is $100 per player.
Johnston works towards organizing a â€œqualityâ€ event.
â€œEvery level of our tournaments, we really try to impress the golfers and sponsors,â€ Johnston said.
Court Street Grille will provide lunch for the golfers. The gift bag will include a golf T-shirt, tees and golf balls among other things. There is a chance to win a car on four par threes.
â€œItâ€™s not likely that someone will get a hole-in-one,â€ Johnston said. â€œBut it has happened.â€
Dessert will be served at every par three and door prizes include framed pictures, furniture and a La-Z-Boy recliner.
Organizers are hoping to raise around $10,000.
â€œWeâ€™re just trying to raise as much money as we can so we can reach more kids,â€ Johnston said.
Want to go? For more information on the Relay for Life Golf Tournament call Brad Gates at (704) 473-0283. The tournament will take place April 29 and early registration is appreciated.
For more information on the YMCA Masters of the Amateurs Golf Tournament call (704) 748-9311. The tournament will take place May 19 and early registration is appreciated.
by Sarah Grano