DARE golf tourney coming up April 27
By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor
Apr. 4, 2007 - The premier fundraiser for Hopkins County D.A.R.E. program is coming up, and participants should note a few deadlines and some changes.
First off, the annual Hopkins County DARE Golf Tournament is moving back to Hopkins County, where it serves anywhere from 200 to 250 fifth graders in the six county schools each year. Over the last few years the golf tourney has been held at the Links at Land's End. This year, however, the golf tourney will be at the Sulphur Springs Country Club.
Also, the four-man scramble will be held on a Friday this year, and has been moved from the warmer summer months to Friday, April 27, in an effort to beat some of the Texas heat.
Also, the event is once again being held in conjunction with Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association. Last year, Hopkins County Sheriff's Office Reserve Program helped sponsor the event.
Event coordinators hope to have two shotgun starts, one at 8 a.m. and another at 1 p.m. However, that will depend on the number of teams which sign up for the April 27 event.
Coordinators are requesting that those planning to participate try to get their registration information in no later than April 20, for planning purposes, but will continue to accept teams up until the time of the event unless all of the slots are filled before then. The cost to enter is $65 a person, which includes lunch.
Those who want to participate but don't have a team are also welcome. When they arrive they will be partnered with others seeking team members.
Farm Country is donating a $12,500 Kubota RTV as the prize for the person to hit a hole in one. Bonus prizes including vacation trips and golf supplies will also be awarded during the tourney.
Coordinators are still accepting hole and tee box sponsorships and donations. For a $100 donation businesses, groups or individuals' names will be place on a sign or at a tee box.
Proceeds from the April 27 tourney will benefit the Hopkins County Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program, which operates through Hopkins County Sheriff's Office. The funds will be used to help purchase workbooks, T-shirts, other D.A.R.E. supplies and graduation materials.
Teams in need of a sign-up sheet, or hole or tee box sponsorship forms should contact Hopkins County D.A.R.E. Sgt. Glynda Chester at 903-348-3860, or Andy Chester, chief investigator for Hopkins County Sheriff's Office, at 903-348-1643. The officers can also be contacted for more information about the tourney.