The Red Oak ISD Education Foundation is adding finishing touches to its fifth annual golf tournament that is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 1, at Thorntree Country Club in DeSoto.

This is one of the foundation’s largest fund-raisers, executive director Pam Lynch said.

“Yes, this event does bring in a lot of money because we usually have a lot of participants,” she said, noting that this year, there are 36 teams of 144 players.

“We’re already sold out for this tournament but that’s a good thing because the more people we have participating, the more money we raise,” she said. “At our first tournament, we raised over $18,000 and at last year’s tournament, we raised over $30,000. So our goal for this year’s tournament is to make over $30,000 again. It’s just very important to the foundation that we have a successful golf tournament because we work so hard all year long.”

Registration begins at 11 a.m., with lunch and the driving range open. The shotgun start begins at 1 p.m., with dinner and awards beginning at 5:30 p.m.

A special, individual shotgun play will begin at 7:30 a.m. for ROISD friends and family. This special offer includes a $35 green fee, which will include a cart and a $25 gift certificate to PGA Superstore. Only a limited number of people can play at this price.

“This is just a really fun way to raise money,” Lynch said. “Everyone has a good time because honestly, it’s not all about being a good golfer - it’s about helping the students. There are a lot of golfers who love to play for the kids.”

Prizes for the tournament include Taylor-made burner drivers, Taylor-made burner fairway woods, Taylor-made rescue mids, Taylor-made putters, OGIO cart bags and private golf lessons.

Games will include multiple hole-in-ones, closest to the pin, long drive-longest putt, fantasy golf-pot of gold, birdie or no birdie and par 3 poker.

“Two of our prizes for the hole-in-one contests include a Chrysler Sebring convertible and a trip to Las Vegas, Nev., with $1,000 spending cash,” Lynch said. “There will be many other gifts and, plus, we will have a silent auction where sports memorabilia will be auctioned off. And because our goal is for everyone to win and go home with something, we will have prizes for first and second place, along with ninth, 18th, 27th and last places.”

Other ways to win include raffle tickets priced at $5 each or five for $20, bingo for $10 with a 50/50 cash prize and mulligans for $10 (limited to two) or a partner pack for $50 that includes 10 raffle tickets, two mulligans and two bingo numbers.

Giving credit to the foundation’s dedication and volunteer efforts was tournament director Tom Rogers.

“It has been a privilege working with Pam Lynch, Karen Anderson and all the directors of the Red Oak Education Foundation and our sponsors,” Rogers said. “This type of event requires many hours of work from volunteers dedicated to the Red Oak Independent School District.”

The ROISD Education Foundation was established in 2002 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing educational programs for students and staff. Its mission is to generate and distribute resources for innovative programs and projects that enhance the quality of education and provide students with opportunities they may not otherwise experience.

Thorntree Country Club is located at 825 W. Wintergreen Road in DeSoto. For more information or to reserve a spot for the individual shotgun play, call (972) 617-4320 or (214) 534-1044.

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