By: Michael Lail | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: April 2009
Frank Rhoades has produced the Tulsa Boys’ Home Golf Classic for 16 years.
You don’t have to be a professional golfer to play at the 29th annual Tulsa Boys’ Home Golf Classic. That means you or your team may win!
The annual Tulsa Boys’ Home Golf Classic tees off on Monday, May 4 at the Oaks Country Club, the second oldest course in Tulsa. It will again benefit Oklahoma’s largest residential treatment facility for troubled boys. The Golf Classic is one of the oldest charity tournaments in Tulsa and is open for golfers of all skill levels.
“I tell potential new golfers that this great event is fun,” said TBH board member Jim Ruley, who is also a frequent player in the tournament. “Plus, it’s the best run charitable golf tournament in Tulsa, and benefits many boys who definitely need a helping hand.”
The tournament features the player-friendly shamble format, using a blind handicap. “We will use the popular shamble format that we pioneered in Tulsa,” said Frank Rhoades, who has produced the Golf Classic for 16 years. This format is a combination of the Scramble and Best Ball formats. All of the players tee off on each hole, then after picking the best drive, each player plays the ball through the hole. The two best gross scores are counted for the team score on that hole.
The blind handicapping system levels the playing field for all the teams, regardless of their golfing abilities. The field is divided into flights, and the gross scores from the teams are entered from lowest to highest. The winners are determined by how they fall within those flights.
The golf tournament is a major fundraising event for the Tulsa Boys’ Home, the oldest and largest residential treatment center for troubled boys in the state. “The Tulsa community continues to support our boys through the Classic and enjoys this tournament,” said Rhoades. “It is one of the biggest and most fun golf events in the city.”
More than a quarter of a century is a long run for any fundraising event, and it is anticipated that the Golf Classic will continue for many years to come.
Golf Classic sponsorships and team registration are available by contacting Frank Rhoades at (918) 494-3909 or eat0@eau0eav0eaw0. Find out more online at www.tulsaboyshome.org.
Founded in 1918, the Tulsa Boys’ Home has helped more than 11,300 troubled boys with serious emotional and behavioral problems. Tulsa Boys’ Home is a residential treatment facility for boys 11 to 18 years of age, is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation, and is a United Way agency. For more information about the Tulsa Boys’ Home, call (918) 245-0231.