By J. Daniel Rollins
Register-Herald Sports Writer
With summer winding down and cooler days ahead, there may not be many opportunities left to hit the links.
There is, however, a chance for those 45-years and older to play one of the area’s top courses while helping out the future generations.
The “Savvy” Swinging Seniors Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, Aug. 29, at Brier Patch Golf Links. The event will be in support of the United Way and The Register-Herald Newspapers in Education.
“We proudly supply newspapers to classrooms all across southern West Virginia,” Register-Herald sales and marketing manager/Newspapers in Education director Carla Nelson said. “The golf tournament helps support that. The teachers aren’t asked to pay for it. That’s what this fundraiser is for.”
“We’ve been partnered with this tournament for many years,” United Way director Margaret O’Neal said. “Children are a huge focus of what we do. It’s a really great partnership.”
The funds that United Way receives from the tournament will go toward its annual campaign goal.
This year’s goal is $525,000, which goes to help 35 agencies.
“We’re just getting started with this year’s campaign,” O’Neal added. “September is our kick-off month. We hope we’re not being too optimistic with this year’s goal, but there are needs that are continuing to grow. People are in need of food. There are healthcare issues. With the sequester, there’s been a lot of cuts, so every dime counts. And we’re thrilled to do it in a good way — playing golf and having fun.”
The cost for the golf tournament is $60 per person or $100 per 2-person team. It will be a scramble for both men and women. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
Prizes will be awarded to the top five winning teams, as well as to the golfer who lands closest to the pin, longest drive and longest putt.
Lewis Automotive Group will be sponsoring a hole-in-one contest, while The Honeybaked Ham Co. and Chick-Fil-A will each sponsor a hole.
To register for the event, golfers are encouraged to contact The United Way at 304-253-2111.
For any teacher wishing to be involved in the Newspaper in Education program, please contact Nelson at 304-255-4498.
— E-mail: jrollins
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