COVINGTON — Playing golf is fun but playing golf for a purpose makes it even better.
The Newton County Recreation Department is currently accepting players and hole sponsors for the Sept. 13 B. C. Crowell Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament at the Oaks Golf Course.
Proceeds from tournament will help fund two $1,000 scholarships to Newton County seniors looking for help to pay for college.
“They started out giving out one scholarship then as the number of high schools grew they gave out another,” said Kale Curtis, Newton County Recreation Commission Marketing and Special Events Coordinator.
The entry fee for the two-player shamble format will be $150 per team with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. The game will be played under the shamble format where the team plays the best drive off the tee then proceed to play their own ball with the low score counting as the team score.
“Three or four years ago we went to four-player teams but the amount of players was about the same so we went back to a two-player team,” Curtis said. “We’ve been averaging around 20-22 teams but we hope to get more.”
Beside’s playing 18 holes, players will also have a chance to play other games including a putting and a hole-in-one contest. Lunch will also provided as well as gift bags.
Those that do not play the game but still want to help the fund can make donations to the scholarship fund while businesses are encouraged to provide items for the gift bags, sponsor teams or holes.
“Depending on how many teams we have, we’ll flight it so there’s a championship flight and a first flight. Of course we’ll do handicaps and we’ll have a first and second place in each flight,” Curtis said. “If you just want to do a hole sponsor that’s $100 and to do both (hole and team) it’s $200.”
Even though the deadline for hole and gift bag items are Sept. 6, players will be excepted until tee-time. However, signing up by Sept. 6 is also encouraged.
“We hope to get them the week before just to let the Oaks know how many people are coming but we’ll take players all the way until the day of the tournament,” Curtis said. “It’s better if they already have a team but we’ll do everything we can to find them a partner. If we can help it we won’t turn anyone away.”
The cost for an individual golfer is $75.
For students interested in being considered for the scholarship, applications can be obtained online at www.newtonrecreation.com and are due by Feb. 1.
All applications will be put before a committee where they will be scored on an eight-point criteria list including family income, ACT/SAT scores, athletic activities/awards, extracurricular activities including community service and an essay.
Since the inception of the scholarship, more than $25,000 has been given away.
“They haven’t been able to add another one yet,” Curtis said. “They haven’t made plans to increase the scholarships to three. It won’t be anytime in the near future but I’m sure they’re hoping they can do that at some point.”
Anyone interested to sign up as a player/team or as a sponsor can do so online at www.newtonrecreation.com or by calling Curtis at 770-786-4373 ext. 17.