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Highland Lakes Christmas Caddy golf tourney brightens holidays for those in need

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

MEADOWLAKES — While the second annual Highland Lakes Christmas Caddy Golf Tournament is still a month away, organizers hope to rekindle and stir up interest in the event, which benefits area families in need.

“This tournament is an endeavor of the entire community,” organizer Stephen Galan said. “It’s not just one church, we have nine that are helping out. And we have many, many area businesses and people committed to the project.”

Last year, the event raised more than $10,000 that helped 61 area children and their families with food, clothing and even toys for Christmas.

This year’s tournament is Dec. 7 at Hidden Falls Golf Club, 220 Meadowlakes Drive. The four-person scramble starts at noon. The entry fee is $50 per person and includes green fees, a cart rental, range balls and a dinner.[box]IF YOU GO
WHAT: Second annual Highland Lakes Christmas Caddy Golf Tournament
WHEN: Tournament starts noon Dec. 7
WHERE: Hidden Falls Golf Club, 220 Meadowlakes Drive in Meadowlakes
FOR MORE: Contact Galan at stephen@lakeshoreschurch.com or Jeff Wilson at Hidden Falls Golf Club at (830) 693-3300 or jwilson@hiddenfallsgolfclub.com[/box]

All of the proceeds, however, go to the cause and none for administrative costs.

“We use the tournament as a vehicle,” Galan said. “The golf tournament is great, but it’s what we can accomplish through the tournament. What’s beautiful about this event is the entire community — golfers, business people, the school district and churches — have an opportunity to come together for this one cause.”

After the tournament, organizers will use the funds to purchase food, clothing and some Christmas toys as well as pay utilities for several local struggling families. Galan said Marble Falls Independent School District officials are helping identify the families.

Along with golfers, people can lend support through hole sponsorships and other ways such as helping assemble the gifts for the families.

People or businesses can even donate prizes for the tournament.

“This event involves so many diverse people from this community,” Galan said. “I think that’s one of the things that makes it so unique and special.”

And while golfers can enjoy a round of 18 on Dec. 7, Galan said they’ll know when they step off the course that it was never about the golf.

“It won’t be, ‘I just played golf,’ that day,” he said. “You’ll feel you were a part of something big, something special — you know, something that made a difference in people’s lives.”

Contact Galan at stephen@lakeshoreschurch.com or Jeff Wilson at Hidden Falls Golf Club at (830) 693-3300 or jwilson@hiddenfallsgolfclub.com for more information or to register.

daniel@thepicayune.com