$50K up for grabs in Bobcat tourney

Published 12:01 am Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cash money.

That’s what selected golfers will get the opportunity to win on Saturday in the annual Bobcat Booster Golf Tournament at Opp Country Club.

Opp Booster Club president Brett Ballard said that while registration is closed for the fundraiser, avid golfers who are interested can call him at Southern Independent Bank in Opp tomorrow to see if anybody has backed out.

“This is our second-largest fundraiser for the booster club,” Ballard said. “We raise more than $4,000-$5,000 a year. It’s become very important to our club.”

There will be 66 two-man teams teeing off at 1 p.m. Saturday in the 18-hole scramble format golf tournament, Ballard said.

Prize money will be given away to the three different flight winners. Additionally, four golfers chosen at random out of a hat will have the chance to win $50,000 if they hit a hole in one on hole No. 9. If any golfer hits a hole in one on No. 9, then he or she will win $10,000.

A drawing will also be held for 50-foot put chance for $2,500.

The money prizes are sponsored by SIB.

Ballard said he hopes to see someone hit a hole in one on No. 9, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in the tournament’s run.

To also help raise money, there are hole sponsors on each hole at the country club for the tournament.

Each year, the Bobcat Booster Club helps supplement athletic programs at Opp High School and Opp Middle Schoo.

The club is averaging around $30,000 in expenses every year, Ballard said

For example, the booster club bought the covered batting cages for all fields, helped recondition football helmets and bought just about all of the uniforms for each team, the president said.

Ballard said if it wasn’t for the tremendous amount of support, the club wouldn’t be able to cater to the schools’ needs.

“From the bottom of our hearts, we thank the participants and sponsors for this event,” he said. “It’s critical that events like this do well for us to offer this level of support for our schools.”