The Beaufort County School District will tee up a new fundraiser this August: a golf tournament to raise scholarship money for graduating seniors.
Planning for the tournament, tentatively called Swinging with the Superintendent for Scholarships, is underway.
"This combines two of the things I love the most, playing golf and raising money for kids," school board Chairman Bill Evans said. "We are trying very hard to see if we can't take advantage of the popularity of golf in the area, and I think we can make it something people will really look forward to."
Planning began several months ago. The event probably will take place sometime during the first two weeks of August, before the new school year begins. Chief student services officer Gregory McCord said the district hopes to hold the event at Callawassie Island because it is middle ground between northern and southern Beaufort County.
Golf tournaments are popular fundraisers in Beaufort County, but district officials do not believe the concept is overdone. The district hopes the tournament will raise more than $15,000 in its first year.
The money will help fund 10 scholarships -- two for each of the district's five high schools -- for students in the 2015 graduating class. That number will increase to 12 scholarships when the new Bluffton high school opens in 2016.
McCord said the district wants the scholarships, which will be awarded based on students' academic records and need, to be between $1,500 and $2,000 each.
"We want the amounts to be significant enough so it actually makes an impact for students," he said.
The school district already has secured $10,000 total from two business sponsorships, according to McCord. He would not identify the companies because the district is working to complete deals with other sponsors, he said.
The entry fee for the tournament will cost less than $100 and include food and awards, McCord said. The tournament will have several smaller competitions and prizes, such as a hole-in-one contest.
The district hopes the tournament will become an annual tradition.
Superintendent Jeffrey Moss said he is excited about the tournament but will have to practice his game over the summer. His handicap is about 18, he said.
"I'm just an every-once-in-a-while golfer. I do play but not as much as I would like," said Moss, who has been involved in successful golf tournaments in the past. "But it's a wonderful time to get away from things for a while ... and start a scholarship program for kids."
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