Expectations of Altrusa International club members were exceeded for the annual golf tournament as sponsorship money and donations continue to stream in.

The tournament, held Saturday at Five Hills Golf Course, hosted nine teams with 35 players, which was an increase over last year’s tournament, said event chairman Gail Prestigiacomo.

Between $6,000-$7,000 was raised this year with the goal being $7,000. However, Prestigiacomo said the club is still receiving money from local businesses.

“We are a smaller club and only have so much reach to get players,” she said. “The economy is volatile and you never know how our local businesses will be affected.”

Prestigiacomo said the club was impressed by the local businesses that sponsored holes and made donations.

Davis Dewald, golf course manager, was crucial in helping recruit players and publicize the tournament, she said.

Five Hills also donated half of every golfer’s registration fee back to the club in golf merchandise included in the raffle.

Golfer Bob Freyer didn’t need to be recruited. He has played in the Altrusa tournament for years.

“I understand what the Altrusa club does for our community and that’s why I sign up every year,” he said.

With the money raised so far, the club has purchased books for the entire Headstart program and will be handing out the books today in conjunction with National Make a Difference Day, Prestigiacomo said.

Every child will receive a book. The club also plans to use the money to purchase books for students in Copperas Cove elementary schools as well as fund two $1,000 college scholarships again this year.

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