The first RT Rentals/ Z&M Enterprises Community Benefit Golf Tournament will hit the fairways of the Hidden Cove Golf Course on April 27 at 10 a.m. All proceeds of the tournament will benefit the families of Kody Clay and Mike Burch.
The two families receiving the proceeds from this tournament have been recently affected by cancer. Burch recently passed away from the disease, leaving behind a wife and three children. Clay is a 17-month old boy who was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and is undergoing treatment.
Graybeal tried to start this tournament three years ago as a promotional tool for RT Rentals and as a way to help members of the community. Graybeal explained the tournament was set to happen on the Winslow golf course a few years back, but when the course was closed the plan for the tournament was put on hold. He plans to make the tournament on the Holbrook course an annual event benefiting a different group or individual each year.
RT Rentals did not make the decision about who benefited from the proceeds of the tournament. Graybeal explained an eight-member committee of Winslow business leaders made the decision based on over 50 suggestions brought to the group.
He said the committee decided to donate to families in need because of the impact each family will have from the contribution. “You give it to a charity and a lot of people will benefit, but how much? A family or a smaller group will feel a greater impact,” Graybeal said.
He is hoping the prizes being offered for top teams will draw a large crowd to help out the families. “We want people to come even though they don’t know the causes that are being benefited,” he explained.
The first place team will receive a prize of $650. Second and third place teams will also receive prize money based on the number of participants. Prizes will also be given away for the longest drive, the closest to the pin and the longest putt.
Graybeal said organizations or business wanting to donate prizes are greatly appreciated. He added the prizes do not have be golf related. “At most tournaments, the top prizes are golf clubs or golf shirts, you can only win so many of those shirts and most golfers have their own clubs,” he said. “At one tournament, the top prize was a cordless drill. That was a really great prize,” he added.
Graybeal hopes the prizes will help people to come back to the tournament year after year.
A raffle of donated items will also be held to benefit the two families. He said a separate raffle giving away a custom set of clubs is also planned.
Graybeal estimated raising around $5,000 from the proceeds of the tournament, individual hole sponsorships and the raffle. The proceeds will be split between the two families.
Graybeal said the tournament will have a maximum of 72 players and encourages those wishing to play to register early. He invited golfers of all skill levels to come and play at the tournament. “If you only play once a year, play our tournament,” he added.
People who wish to volunteer their time or groups wanting to donate items can call Graybeal at RT Rentals, 928-289-3394.
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