FORT HOOD — More than 112 golfers participated in the 19th annual Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament on Saturday at the Courses of Clear Creek.

Dozens of volunteers and sponsors provided food and water for the event.

“We are doing our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Bill Kozlik, chamber president. “The money raised from this is to give back to the community.”

The chamber raised about $28,000 from last year’s tournament, and Kozlik said they raised about the same amount this year.

The funds used in the past allowed the chamber to construct a stage at Harker Heights Community Park as well as a pavilion at Carl Levin Park.

“We are going to work with the city and find out what they want to work on this year.”

Players teed up early Saturday morning.

“They put together a great event, and we are proud to support it,” said Will Duvall, who golfs at least once a month. “We get to meet new people and it’s just a lot of fun, and the format is great so it’s not too hard to score well.”

JC Schoel, a sponsor who has played in the tournament for eight years, said it grows every year. In turn, it helps promote businesses in Harker Heights.

“The sport is a good chance to get outside and make some friends and get some regular activity,” he said.

Leon Tennant, coach at The First Tee, a Killeen organization that teaches children golf and life skills, teamed up Saturday with another coach and two students.

“Golf is a very important sport and we don’t get enough people playing the game,” he said. “We figure if they start out young, they will move up the ranks as they play golf.”

Tennant said the tournament was a great opportunity to teach the students about helping others in the community, while enjoying the sport.

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