TORRINGTON – The annual Fairways for Kids Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 6 at Cottonwood Golf Course.
The tournament is one of the major fundraisers for the Hiway-Garst Foundation that helps provide scholarships to the youth from around the area.
The idea for the foundation was formed on a beach in Mexico, according to Patty Schaneman, and the golf tournament was the start of it 26 years ago.
They raised nearly $6,000 dollars for the local youth wrestling club, and it’s only grown from there.
Since then the foundation has raised money to help send kids to the national FBLA competition and to send a physics class to a meet in Denver, among many others.
“We’ve helped like about 55 different organizations,” Schaneman said. “Most of them from Goshen County, but once in a while we step outside the box, like the Golden Halo (Foundation) in Scottsbluff (Neb.).”
Schaneman estimates her group has given away around $500,000 to help the youth of the area in the last 27 years, in addition to nearly 60, $500 scholarships.
This year’s scholarship winner is Southeast High School graduate Kadra Clark.
“We’re just grateful for the community that has supported us all these years,” Schaneman said.
This year’s tournament will feature an 18-hole, three-person scramble with handicapped flights. Cost is $50 per person with a registration deadline of June 5. Teams will be able to kick, blow and throw the ball as a mulligan.
“The $50 pays for your golf and beverages, and lunch and a snack afterwards,” Schaneman said.
In year’s past, the tournament has ranged from 32-36 teams, but Schaneman understands that might not happen this year because of concerns with COVID-19.
“But we are grateful just to be able to put it out there and raise some money for our kids and enjoy the day when it’s been a tough winter,” Schaneman said.
Schaneman stressed safety precautions will be taken in the wake of COVID-19 to keep participants safe.
“We’re the first public tournament out of the gate, and we’ve looked at all the guidelines that’s been put out by the state, county and city,” Schaneman said. “We encourage people if you feel comfortable wearing masks, wear a mask.”
Shotgun start is scheduled for 8 a.m.
For more information call Schaneman on her cell at (308) 641-5918 or at home at 532-2247.