CCC’s Morgan Freeman Scholarship Golf Tournament Scheduled Oct. 11
In a consorted effort to raise money to fund the higher educational needs of regional students, Morgan Freeman, Coahoma Community College and its many regional sponsors have worked together for the past seven years to host the Morgan Freeman Scholarship Golf Tournament.
Scheduled in conjunction with Coahoma’s Homecoming festivities on Friday, Oct. 11, the tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. at Tunica National Golf & Tennis located in Robinsonville, MS. The annual event originated as a scholarship fundraiser for CCC’s Health Sciences programs but was expanded in 2102 to include including all educational avenues at the college.
“The administration, along with the donors, wanted to create an effort to broaden the scope of scholarship assistance for the Coahoma Community College student populous,” said Tournament Committee Co-Chairman Dr. Greg Hudson. “Through that effort, the tournament's focus shifted to a tournament that would benefit all students.
Tournament Committee Chairman Greg Malatesta, who has been a part of the annual event since its inception, said the choice to be a part of the effort has been an easy one to make.
“It’s about education,” Malatesta said, “and helping those students who have the desire to better themselves get that education regardless of their financial situation.”
The tournament format will be a captain’s choice, four-man scramble and the $500 team entry fee also encompasses one mulligan per player on each team. Teams also have the option of purchasing another mulligan per player giving each team a total of eight extra shots. Traditional scramble sides the longest drive, closest to the pin and putting contests will also be held.
When the scorecards have all been turned in, the tournament will be flighted, into the championship and first flights, and prizes awarded to the Top 3 teams in each. First, second and third places will receive gift certificates of $200, $150 and $100 respectively for each member of the team.
Team entry fees will also include light breakfast items and an hors d’oeuvres lunch buffet and sides following the tournament. Each team member will also receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win golf clubs, putters and other prizes (must be present to win).
A hole-in-one contest will also give golfers an opportunity to win a new 2014 Toyota Camry courtesy of Nabors Toyota in Clarksdale. Nabors General Manager Neal Draper says their sponsorship and participation in the tournament is about pushing education in our local community.
“We’re excited to be able to be a part of this event,” Draper said, “and glad to help raise awareness and funding for the educational needs of the students at Coahoma Community College.”
This year’s tournament promises to be another exciting outing and Coahoma wishes to extend invitations for participation and sponsorship to all regional businesses and golfers.
“We are inviting all regional golfers and friends of Coahoma to participate in our annual Golf Tournament that is specifically designed to raise scholarship dollars for students at the institution,” said Hudson. “The overreaching goal for the fundraiser is to eliminate potential monetary barriers to elevate student success, that they might have a successful attempt at matriculating to graduation.”
Registration for the tournament can be completed on Coahoma Community College’s web site at www.coahomacc.edu/golftournament and for any questions or more information please contact committee member LaShasa Griffin at (662) 621-4146 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.