By Tricia Scruggs, Community Contributor
It doesn’t take much to draw North Texas golfers to area greens, but the beauty of one of the state’s most coveted courses and the promise of a trip to the 2012 Masters surely sweetens the deal.
That’s what a Dallas non-profit is offering April 25 at Prestonwood Country Club. Registration for The Golf Roundup for Life, benefitting the Downtown Pregnancy Center, kicks off at 11 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
“This is just a great way to show support for the Center,” said seasoned golfer and veteran realtor, Ron Perry, who won last year’s Hole in One prize excursion to Augusta. “It was quite exciting. At first, I didn’t even know there was a trip involved. I wasn’t thinking about it really. I was just trying to play golf, make a good shot and help out my team.”
It just so happened last year’s course was designed by his favorite golfer, Bobby Jones, and the winning shot came at the end of a Jones hybrid club.
For the seventh year, organizers are inviting individual players, foursomes and sponsorships, including a $10,000 title sponsor slot. Solo players may enter for $150. Registration for teams of four is $600.
In addition to the action on the course, a BBQ buffet dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., featuring live country gospel with Country Music Hall of Famer Van Howard. Special guest Victoria Lowe, author of “10 Principles of Successful Women,” will open the awards ceremony at 6 p.m.
“There really are fabulous prizes, like an exotic destination attached to every Par 3, and there are four of them,” said Perry, who began playing golf more than 20 years ago and volunteers on the fundraising committee. “At the top of the list, though, is the cause. When it comes to the origination of life, I can’t think of anything that’s more worth our involvement. No man is an island, as they say, and we’re talking about babies being saved and lives being changed.”
The Downtown Pregnancy Center launched its mission 16 years ago, ministering to thousands of women and their children. According to the Center, nearly 1,000 unborn children have been saved within the past three years. Officials say they hope to equal that number this year alone.
“The annual Golf Roundup for Life tournament is an exciting and fun event,” admits DPC Executive Director Carolyn Cline. “But more importantly to our non-profit, it helps us raise very important operating funds for our medical clinic and counseling center where we serve around 1,000 women every year with free services.”
For more information about the Golf Roundup for Life or to register or become a sponsor, contact Vicki Gosdin, 214-969-2433 or email [email protected]
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