Flowood golf tourney benefits SMA group

The following article was written by Charles Bailey and originally published in the January 29, 2014 issue of the Rankin County News.

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FLOWOOD — Though the event itself is months away, officials say now is the time to get signed up to participate.

The City of Flowood will host its 13th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament on Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15. The Four-Player Scramble will be held at the Refuge Golf Course, and the proceeds will benefit the Flowood-based Stop SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) organization.

Tournament organizer Kay Shelton said the event typically draws a full field a month before it is held.

“We shoot for 100 teams,” Shelton said. “We normally have 106 to 110 (teams), and we normally have a full field a month out, by mid-April.”

To sign up, call Shelton at 601-420-3327 or email her at kshelton@ci.flowood.ms.us.

The 2013 tournament benefitted the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDFR).

“Stop SMA is a local group here in Flowood,” Shelton said. “It’s not a Mississippi chapter; it’s its own local group. We try to choose local organizations. Our goal is to raise $60,000 to $65,000, and we normally do that.”

The tournament will be played in four flights. Following a complimentary breakfast, the first flight will begin at 8:30 a.m. both days. Lunch will be served each day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., and the afternoon flight will tee-off at 1:30 p.m.

Businesses and other local agencies can earn valuable exposure by serving as tournament sponsors. Sponsorship opportunities are available for $10,000 (Ace Sponsor), $5,000 (Double Eagle), $2,500 (Eagle), $1,000 (Birdie), $500 (Par) and $200 (Hole) levels.

The registration fee is $400 for a four-player team, or $100 for an individual player. Each team may purchase up to eight mulligans (or “do-over” shots) for $5 each.

“We always have three awesome hole-in-one prizes, including a new car that Wilson Auto Group normally donates, Ben Nelson always gives a new golf cart, and Cowboy Maloney always provides a large, flat-screen TV,” Shelton said.

“And all 400-plus players will get nice door prizes. The businesses here in the community all donate to that, and we have a drawing for a $750 gift card to Gateway Tires.”

Up to 20 local food vendors generally participate as well, including Back Yard Burgers and Corner Bakery, who will join forces to provide breakfast each day.

Prizes are awarded to the First, Second and Third-Place teams in each of four flights over the course of the two-day event.

Registration forms can also be picked up at Flowood City Hall and mailed to Kay Shelton, City of Flowood, P.O. Box 320069, Flowood, MS 39232. Checks should be made payable to the City of Flowood.

Individual players are welcome to enter the tournament. They will be paired up with three other players to form a team, Shelton said.