GREENVILLE – The Greenville Athletic Boosters held their 67th annual fundraiser at Turtle Creek Golf Course this past Saturday.
“The cost per person was $75 for a total of $300 per team,” Dave Ernst, tournament director for the last three years, said. “Their entry fee included doughnuts, lunch on the grill, numerous prizes and the opportunity to support the Greenville schools and athletics. We had a total of 17 teams, which consisted of 68 participants competing, which is a little bit down from last year, but of course there are a lot of things going on at the end of June. The president of the athletic boosters, Scott Frens, has done a great job in helping organize this outing. This was a four-person best ball scramble that had each player putt out every hole.
“The money raised by this particular outing goes directly into the athletic fund, which in turn provides scholarships for seniors every spring,” Ernst said. “The scholarships range from six to eight people at $500 apiece. The Booster Club funds all the teams and rotates money every four years so that all sporting teams will get new uniforms.”
There were all kind of prizes available to the golfers. The most popular one was a chance for a two-year lease on a Ford Focus offered by Dave Knapp. Also, there was a chance to win one big door prize, which is a combination of a lot of items.
The first place team got a $25 Cavalier Clothing gift card and a Greenville golf bag. Second place winners got an executive putter set donated by Leis Realty and a $15 gift card to Cavalier Clothing. Third place winners received a $10 gift card to Cavalier Clothing and a Greenville National Bank hat.
Specialty holes were in abundance with local high school athletes helping out on certain holes. The football challenge hole was where golfers paid $10 and got four chances to throw or kick a football or have a Greenville Wave player do it for them. Wherever the ball stops or lands is where the golfers teed off from.
The 13th hole, which is usually an unlucky number, was very lucky to all participants if they like the sport of soccer. The golfer or a Greenville Wave soccer player if so designated allowed them four chances to throw or kick the soccer ball, and wherever the best ball landed is where the golfers teed off from for a $10 charge.
Hole No. 18 was a chippy one as golfers paid $10 for chance to chip into the Booster bucket and move up a tee.
Hole No. 6 was the Ford Focus hole and closest to the pin hole sponsored by Dave Knapp. The Ford Focus hole is where the participants, no matter what gender, had to hole it out from 165 yards, which is the blue tee in order to get the two-year lease.
Hole No. 9 sponsored the baseball challenge where for $10 golfers got four throws and from where the ball stopped they got to tee off from there.
Hole No. 1 and No. 14 were for the longest drive.
Hole No. 18 and No. 9 were for the longest putt. The putting green challenge consisted of paying $2 for a putt or three putts for $5. The contest consisted of every time golfers made their putt, they were entered in to a drawing for half the pot in which the winning name was pulled following the tournament.
Hole No. 17 was a Dave Knapp sponsored prize for a hole-in-one.
There were also special rules invoked by the Booster Club, which helped to bolster everyone’s competitiveness and scores. Golfers who were under 70 years of age had to tee it up from the blue tee, which is the farthest one away from the hole. Golfers who older than 70 got to play from the white tee, which was the second farthest one back from the cup. All the women got to strike it up from the red tee, which was the closest one to the tee.
Booster Club outing sponsor were abundant with the top sponsored being the Eagle sponsor, which is $1,000 donated by Jon Coomer.
The Birdie sponsors, which is a $500 donation, were made by Doug Shields Investments and Dr. Victor Kim ,D.D.S.
The Ford Focus hole was sponsored by Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, who put in $250 for the cause.
The prize sponsors were Cavalier Clothing, who donated gift cards, and Leis Realty, who donated the putter set.
The food sponsors were Eikenberry IGA, who donated the doughnuts; Sue Bowman, who donated the hamburgers; and the Brethren’s Retirement Center, who supplied the buns and the chips.
There also were 22 hole sponsors for a $100 apiece and five individual sponsors at $100 a pop with those being Mike Henderson, Marc Saluk, James Buchy along with Jeff and Margret Cassell.
Tee sponsors at $50 per swing were Dr. Stephen Stenzel, D.D.S., Greenville Federal, The Perfection Group, American Title Resources, Dr. Craig Leland and Randall Insurance Agency. Cart sponsors, who chipped in $25, were The Perfection Group and Fred Matix.
The Greenville Athletic Boosters thanked all the sponsors. They also wished for the people of Greenville to stop by and thank the sponsors for their support.
Even though it was rainy out, it did not damper the fun had by all at the fundraiser.