Photo by Heather Middleton
By Curt Yeomans
There is something to be said about where a golf ball lands.
A hole on the green, on the first shot? Good.
In the bushes, sand traps, water, or off someone's head? Bad.
Clayton County Public Schools officials are preparing to land a few golf balls, as they host their second annual PSA Golf Tournament fundraiser for the Superintendent's Scholarship Fund. A year ago, school system officials treated the event as a figurative "hole-in-one" when it drew in approximately $25,000 for the scholarship fund, and school system Community Relation Liaison, Rhonda Burnough, said the district wants to match that success this year.
"We're hoping it will go as well, if not better than last year," she said.
The second annual golf tournament will take place on April 15, at the Lake Spivey Golf Club, located at 8255 Clubhouse Way, in Jonesboro, with a "shotgun" start scheduled for noon. The deadline to sign up for the fundraiser tournament is April 8. The entry fee is $125 per player on a four-person team.
The school system hopes to be able to use a successful golf tournament to help grow the scholarship fund, to help more graduating Clayton County high school seniors pay for college, according to Burnough. Superintendent Edmond Heatley started the scholarship fund last year, inaugurating events, such as the golf tournament and the district's annual step show, to generate money for the fund.
"Dr. Heatley hopes to give more scholarships out to students this year," Burnough said. "We gave out scholarships to one senior at each high school [with a graduating class] last year ... with the cuts that have been made to the HOPE scholarship, this will help out a lot. Not that it didn't help last year, but it should really be able to help students this year."
As was the case last year, in addition to playing golf, there will be other opportunities to help contribute to the scholarship fund at the golf tournament.
There will be several sponsorship opportunities available for individuals, and companies, to help generate money for the scholarships, Burnough said. She said those opportunities include one title sponsorship ($5,000); five diamond sponsorships ($3,000 apiece); 10 platinum sponsorships ($2,250 each); 16 hole sponsorships ($1,500 each), and two beverage cart sponsorships ($1,000 apiece).
So far, according to Burnough, the architectural firm of Manley, Spangler, Smith Architects, which has designed some school buildings for the district, has picked up a diamond sponsorship, and Noell Construction has signed up as a beverage cart sponsor.
Burnough said there will also be "hole-in-one" contests during the tournament, where participants can win a prize if they are the first person to get a "hole-in-one" on that particular hole. She said the prizes have not yet been sorted out, although she expected a car may be given away in one of those contests.
To sign up for the tournament, log onto www.clayton.k12.ga.us/, and click on the golf tournament link, in the rotating links section of the web site's home page. Checks should be made payable to the Clayton County Board of Education. For more information, call (770) 473-2700.