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The End Zone Seat: Golfers Eye Busy Season

There are rumors of spring in the air. If the grass is greening and the trees are budding, can the sound of clubs whacking golf balls be far away? Which means it is time to begin planning for the Fore 81 Golf Classic. The tournament, which is slated for Friday, June 24, at the Towanda Country Club, is the sole fundraiser for the Bret J. Keefe Memorial Fund. Every year, the fund provides scholarships to a senior Wyalusing Valley High School male and female “athletic scholar” for their continuing education. Since 2001, when the fund was established to honor Keefe, a respected former athlete and assistant coach at Wyalusing Valley who died in an automobile accident that January, the fund has committed $44,000 in scholarships to 20 WVHS graduates. The tournament is also one of the largest at Towanda Country Club each season. It is, in fact, two separate tournaments, held on the same day. This year’s Green (morning) tournament begins at 7:30 a.m., while the Gold (afternoon) tournament is slated for approximately 2 p.m. It is a captain and crew format tournament for four-person teams. Sign-ups for both tournaments are currently underway and golfers can save on registration fees if they sign up before April 29. The foursome fee is $380 or $400 if the team wants to join the birdie pool, before April 29. After April 29, the fees increase to $420 or $440 with birdie pool. The fees include green fees, cart, light lunch on course, beverages, a dinner after play, complimentary team photos, team prizes, numerous door prizes and many on-course contests. Members of the Keefe family are gracious hosts during the tournament, along with the small army of volunteers who help out. While the golfers are important, the tournament sponsors, many of whom have been on board since the beginning, are just as important. Opportunities are available for tee-box and green sponsorships and prize sponsors. While the Fore 81 is one of the largest tournaments in the area, there are several others worthy of support. On May 1, the Extra Point Club will host its annual tournament at Tall Pines in Susquehanna County. Proceeds from the tournament help the Extra Point Club with its support of the Wyalusing Valley football program. Applications are available at the Ram Zone. For more information, call (570) 746-3488. Other tournaments in the offing, all at the Towanda Country Club, include: •May 18: Towanda Memorial Auxiliary Tournament; •July 13: Big Brothers Big Sisters Tournament, and •July 29: Lackawanna College-Towanda Center Tournament.

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