By: Eddie Stephens | Category: Other | Issue: March 2007
Chamber President, Ruth Littlefield
The Jenks Chamber of Commerce has been advocating good causes like education for over 40 years. Ruth Littlefield, President, promotes the Chamber’s annual Golf Tournament as more than just another enjoyable day on the course. “We wanted to pilot a fund-raising event that could bridge the community and school.” “Play with the Champions”, as the tournament is known, tees off for its third year on March 27th at Southlakes Golf Course. According to Littlefield, the banner resulted from the event’s inauguration two years ago coinciding with state championships for the Jenks boys and girls high school golf teams.
“The tournament took shape as a means to raise funds for them. Many may not realize the costs (above allotment) for fielding a competitive golf team,” Littlefield explains. “Equipment, tournaments, and transportation are among the expenses. These costs are extra and in their instance are typically not funded by the school’s athletic budget.” The Jenks Chamber of Commerce brought its leadership and community advocacy to assist and “Play with the Champions” was launched.
The tournament follows a familiar format. The unique exception is the availability of a Jenks high school golf team member on each tee box throughout the course. Teams are assured, for the most part, of at least one exceptional tee shot. “Rather than purchasing mulligans, we provide them by giving you a ‘champion’ on each hole,” Littlefield explains.
“The high school golf team participants are as gracious as they are helpful throughout the day. They add to the event’s fun each year.” Beyond the “champion-per-hole” feature, the tournament is fielded according to handicap and follows a scramble format. Each team consists of four players and corporate teams are welcomed.
In addition to sponsoring teams, corporations can fund hole-sponsorships. The Jenks Booster Club and other school or civic organizations join in as sponsors. Prizes are awarded at the end of the day. Among them are awards for those “closest to the pin” and men and women golfers having the “longest drives”.
Sign up for an afternoon of golf, fun, and prizes by forming a team. The tournament cost is $75/person (including lunch) and hole-sponsorships are available for $50. “I’m a golfer and a believer in Junior Golf. This annual tournament is one vital way to support the school and the Chamber,” Littlefield affirms. “These student athletes are already champions and many of them are aiming for scholarships at the next competitive level.”
Be among 100 players the Jenks Chamber of Commerce hopes to have at this year’s event. Form one of the 25 teams that will tee-off at 2 p.m., with a “shot-gun” start on March 27th. Tee it up and “Play with the Champions” for a great cause.