MARCO ISLAND — The Marco Police Foundation Golf Tournament will offer something new this year – cash.
Of course, the tournament is all about raising funds for the charitable work of the MPF. But winning golfers can get some funds back. Foundation board member Curt Koon said that, in the eighth year of the tournament, the decision was made to offer winners the gift that fits everyone.
“Instead of a trophy that clutters up your mantel, we’re giving cash prizes,” he said. The chance to win that cash will come on Saturday, September 24, when the 4-player best ball scramble will tee off at the Island Country Club on Nassau Court.
Check-in time is 7:30 a.m., with a “gourmet Continental breakfast,” as promised by MPF executive director Debra Sanders, before the 8:30 shotgun start.
“There’s plenty of reasons to come out and play,” said MPF vice president and tournament chairman Dick Shanahan. “The venue is excellent, the club is excellent, and it’s a great cause.” Each player will receive a package including a polo shirt, a sleeve of golf balls, and more, said Shanahan.
Prizes will be distributed at the post-tourney awards luncheon at Island Country Club, where there is the chance to win more cash, including a $10,000 prize for a hole in one on one of the par threes. Additional prizes include closest to the pin and longest drive, with separate prizes for men and women.
The venue is the par-72 championship layout at ICC, which plays to 6,636 yards from the tips, and is as lush as the abundant summer rains make possible.
“This is our major fundraiser for the year,” said Sanders. “All of the proceeds – every cent – to the Police Foundation scholarship fund and emergency fund.” The emergency fund, she said, goes to officers of the Marco Island police and their families, to help out with unforeseen circumstances and “take care of things insurance won’t cover.
“Most of the scholarship funds,” she said, “are set aside for the college education of our police officers’ kids.” There is still room for a few more foursomes, and hole sponsors are also welcome, said Sanders. Hole sponsorships go for $100, and entry fee for the tournament, including cart and greens fees, plus all the goodies, costs $110 per player.
“Most people enter as foursomes, but we sometimes get two- or threesomes, and individual players we can put together,” said Sanders.
Koon, at the club to get in a little practice ahead of the tourney, passed on the chance to talk smack against his fellow golfers.
“We used to play a lot, before we came here and bought a restaurant,” said the co-owner of CJ’s on the Bay. “I was a 9, she was a 12, but it’s a lot worse now.”
To enter the tournament, and see where your foursome stacks up in the island golf hierarchy, call Debra Sanders at 239-248-7419 or board member Mike McNaboe at 239-250-4612, or email email@example.com. The Marco Police Foundation Scholarship and Police Emergency Fund is a 501(c)3 registered charitable organization.