150 golfers play in tournament to raise funds for scholarships
Friendly competition for a good cause played out at Dornick Hills Golf & Country Club yesterday at a fundraiser tournament.
150 golfers participated this year, with half playing in the morning and the other playing in the afternoon. The annual event also includes raffles and a silent auction. More Foundation Executive Director Roslyn Haile said in the last five years participation has grown by leaps and bounds.
“I know sometimes it’s looked at as a competition, but more than anything it’s a fundraising event for scholarships,” Haile said. “It brings all of the communities together, so it makes it very worthwhile.”
The golf tournament is the foundation’s oldest fundraiser. The foundation was originally called the Greater Ardmore Scholarship Foundation until 2014, when they rebranded as the More Foundation.
The foundation awards $6,000 scholarships to recipients based on academic and financial criteria. The foundation serves nine high schools in Carter County, including Take Two Academy. Students need to attend a higher education institution in the state. The foundation gave scholarships to 97 students this year.
“”It’s not just for four-year universities,” Haile said. “It’s vocational, technical... as long as it’s accredited.”
Students apply during their senior year of high school and can re-submit their applications the next year if they don’t qualify.
“If they meet the criteria, they’re automatically awarded,” said. “We don’t cap the number of students who get it.”
Players from Ardmore City Schools, Dickson Public Schools, Lone Grove Public Schools, Wilson Public Schools and Healdton Public Schools participated in this year’s fundraiser.
Haile said some were recipients of scholarship money as students, while others come from outside of the foundation’s reach to participate.
Jace Riggs, a past recipient of the scholarship, came back on Monday to participate in the tournament.
“It helped me further my education, so now I’m just proud to be able to support it and be able to give back to the community,” Riggs said.
Ardmore High School Principal Mark Wilson played as well. He said his daughter received the scholarship after graduating.
“I’ve been playing in this since I’ve been here, years before my daughter was in a position to receive it,” Wilson said. “But working at the school, you see all of those kids, throughout Ardmore High School… We tell them how beneficial it is. A lot of the time, they come back and say ‘thank you for telling me about that’.”
The annual More Foundation trivia night is the other major fundraiser held every year. Haile said she didn’t know the total amount raised at the golf tournament yet, but the outlook is bright.
“We did so well at trivia this year, better than any year so far,” Haile said. “So I’m expecting the same for the golf tournament.”