COPPERAS COVE — Pale blue skies and abundant fields of green greeted golfers at Saturday’s 26th annual Lions Club golf tournament at the Hills of Cove Golf Course.
The four-person scramble saw more than 45 participants registered and more than $4,000 raised in only the first two hours of the fundraiser, said Sherry Rhoades, club treasurer.
“This has already been a good turnout and we appreciate the Hills golf course because a lot of the work has been done on the course and they take care of it,” she said.
Rhoades said the club had support from across the community. “It’s great to see so many local businesses supporting us, too. This will help with our donations to the Texas Lions Camp, Cove House and the free clinic.”
The top sponsor was Cove Meadows Management Corporation with its gold sponsorship of $500, said Linda Lapierre, Copperas Cove Noon Lions Club president.
Most businesses donated in the sliver and bronze categories, but the raffles and sponsorships are where most of the funds are generated, she said.
Golf clubs, snack bags, literature and other items up were up for grabs in the raffle, but player Ray Rocha was mostly interested in having fun with his co-workers from CenturyLink, he said.
“We’re here to support the event and play some recreational golf,” he said. “I say recreational because I’m not good at the game, but it’s a chance to play and have fun with the guys.”
The members of Team Ramsey agreed. After Friday’s storm, it was nice weather and a chance to have a good time, Matt Bly said.
“I like golf, but it’s way too early to be out here,” he said. “I have a 4-month-old at home that’s keeping me up late at night. But this is for a good cause, and my neighbor Jeff (Ramsey) signed us all up and told us to show up — so here we are.”
Joe Garland, another member of Team Ramsey, said this was his first time at the event and he was glad to support the club’s fundraising efforts because it was good for the community.
Michelle Darcy has only been a Lions Club member for 1½ years, but the stay-at-home mom of five said volunteering
for the event was her way of giving back and staying connected with her community.
“I have Type 1 diabetes, and the Lions sponsor a week of camp dedicated to kids with diabetes, and it’s a really good thing,” she said. “That’s one of the main reasons I joined. It’s a good organization to belong to and I’m glad to be a part of it.”