Play some golf, maybe even win a car, to help Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

BURNET — When golfers hit the greens at Delaware Springs Municipal Golf Course on Oct. 5 for the Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center’s tournament, it will mark the 30th year that duffers have teed up for the center.

“It’s probably one of the longest-running golf tournaments around,” said Debra Stewart, the crisis center’s project manager. “For us, this is one of our biggest fundraising events.”

The four-person scramble gives golfers a chance to help out the family crisis center, which provides free confidential counseling, shelter, clothing and sometimes financial assistance to men, women and children who find themselves victims of domestic abuse. The center, located in Marble Falls, offers a place for domestic violence victims to seek shelter as well as time to get back on their feet.[box]IF YOU GO
WHAT: 30th annual golf tournament benefitting Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center
WHEN: Oct. 5 with 12:30 p.m. shotgun start
WHERE: Delaware Springs Municipal Golf Course, 600 Delaware Springs Blvd. in Burnet
COST: $64 a person; includes cart, green fees, range balls and fajita dinner
FOR MORE: Call (830) 693-3565 or go to www.hlfcc.org/golf[/box]

“Most of the golfers who participate in the tournament probably already know what we do and what we are,” Stewart said. “But for those new to the tournament, it gives us a chance to let them know the services we provide and the role we play in the community.”

The four-person scramble costs $65 per person, which includes a cart, green fees, range balls and a fajita dinner. The shotgun start is 12:30 p.m. Golfers can sign up all the way to the day of the tournament.

Individuals who don’t have a team to play with still can register, and the golf pros will place them on a team.

Along with a day of golfing, participants have a chance to win a new car. Stewart said Johnson-Sewell Ford is sponsoring a hole-in-one contest on the 13th hole. If a person sinks a hole-in-one at that hole, he or she could win a new Ford Fusion.

“The 13th hole is the betting hole,” she said. Along with the car, golfers will find a circle on the 13th hole green. If a golfer gets his or her ball in the circle, there’s a chance for some prize money.

Players looking to try their hand at some cards as well as golf can enter the poker run.

“They’ll pick up a card at the registration table but then pick up some more at the 13th hole.” Stewart said. “Then they’ll get their last cards when they finish (the round). It’s just another way for people to have fun and help out.”

If the golf, hole-in-one chance and poker run weren’t enough, folks can give the crisis center a boost by participating in the silent auction. A line of items will be on display at the club house, 600 Delaware Springs Blvd., for people to bid on.

The Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center relies on donations, fundraisers and its thrift store for most of its budget. The center serves people in Burnet, Lampasas, Llano and Blanco counties.

Along with golfers, the center is looking for sponsors and silent auction donors. Call (830) 693-3565 or go to www.hlcc.org/golf for more information.

daniel@thepicayune.com