Archive for Thursday, May 17, 2007

Charity golf tournament to raise money for schools foundation

May 17, 2007

Jason Hoover has his plan to help the Eudora Schools Foundation down to a tee.

He's currently searching for sponsors and teams for the foundation's first-ever benefit golf tournament.

Registration for the tournament will begin at 7 a.m. June 4 at the Eagle Bend Golf Course, 1250 East 902 Rd., in Lawrence.

The tournament will commence with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

It will be played in a four-person scramble format where each team member tees off on each hole. The best of the tee shots is selected and all players play their second shots from that spot. The best of the second shots is determined, than all play their third shots from that spot and so on until the ball is holed.

Enthusiasts probably understand the general format of the tournament, but the purpose for it is still relatively new.

"The endowment is still in a very new stage," Hoover said. "We're just getting the ball rolling."

A group of citizens within Eudora USD 491 founded the endowment in 2006 as a way to improve educational opportunities for the district. The foundation's goals include the ability to help fund scholarships, support professional development for teachers and provide funding for district programs that might otherwise be on the chopping block.

Although the foundation's goal is to supplement district programs, it's operated as a separate entity from the school district.

"I've had a good response for what we're trying to do," Hoover said.

There is a $300 entry fee for each four-member team in the tournament.

The price includes green fees and cart, range balls, team and hole prizes and a lunch after the tournament, Hoover said.

After lunch, tournament participants will be eligible for another perk, Hoover said.

"We're going to hand out awards and cash prizes for hole and team prizes," Hoover said.

Those interested in forming teams should hurry because there are only 18 spots available, Hoover said.

"I've been telling people, once you get to 18, it's cut off," Hoover said.

Hoover will charge $250 per hole for sponsors.

All donations go to the Eudora Schools Foundation.

The organizational aspects of the tournament are nothing new to Hoover. He organizes the annual Eudora CPA Golf Tournament as well.

"It kind of fills itself, whereas with the endowment, this is a new tournament," Hoover said. "That's been my biggest obstacle so far, which is getting people aware of what we're trying to do."

He's also trying to attract a new golfer base and get everything running, he said.

Hoover said team registration deadline is May 30.

For more information about the tournament or sponsorships, call Hoover at (785) 423-2865.

"Hopefully it will be a success. I'm hoping to have a good turnout to make it a success," Hoover said.

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