Lake Ridge Charity Golf Tournament
In 2007 a few Lake Ridge residents had a desire to bring neighbors together with activities of interest. Several activities were established a Walking, Bridge, Wine & Cheese gatherings, and Scuba Diving. The interest levels were high at first, but soon dwindled and were discontinued other than the walking/running club. Chad McCurdy suggested a Lake Ridge Golf Tournament to promote and bring awareness to the Lake Ridge community. Volunteers were gathered and that was the beginning of The Lake Ridge Charity Golf Tournament at Tangle Ridge Golf Course.
The 1st year for the Lake Ridge Charity Golf Tournament was in 2008 and 80 Golfers participated in the event and the winning prizes were donated by the community and the sponsors. The financial proceeds benefited the Cedar Hill and Grand Prairie’s new joint Fire Station #214 on Lake Ridge Parkway along with Happy Hills Farm and Academy for troubled youth as well as the local Food Pantries of both Cedar Hill and Grand Prairie. In addition to the contests during tournament play for longest drive and closest to the pin we awarded prizes to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place teams and a surprise award to the last place team.
Year two; golfer’s comments regarding their first tournament, “best prizes that I have ever seen at a charity golf tournament”. This was the beginning of bringing fun with different prizes and golfing formats to The 2nd Annual Lake Ridge Charity Golf Tournaments. Charitable donations went to Happy Hills Farm and Academy again, along with the Cedar Hill and Grand Prairie Food Pantries plus the Brighter Tomorrow’s Battered Women’s Shelter.
In 2010, the tournaments 3rd year brought a new golfing format a 4-man Blind Bogey scramble. The scramble uses three holes selected at the completion of the tournament to help determining the team’s handicap. Charitable donations went to Happy Hill Farm and Academy, Cedar Hill and Grand Prairie Food Pantries, Cedar Hill’s Zula B. Wylie Library and Cedar Hill Recreation Center.
The Blind Bogy format was so well received, as a “fun tournament“ it was continued into The 4th Annual Lake Ridge Charitable Golf Tournament. In order to increase the appeal to potential donors and expand the impact of our tournament it was decided to establish a 501c3 non-profit foundation as the organizer of the tournament. Charitable donations went to Cedar Hill and Grand Prairie Food Pantries, Cedar Hill’s Zula B. Wylie Library, Canterbury School and the #214 Fire Department (Chains for fire truck for any icy conditions in the Lake Ridge hilly community and a rear mounted camera for the truck).
The 6th Annual Lake Ridge Charity Golf Tournament comments from the participating golfers summarized the past 5 years of developing a fun tournament, “ this was the most fun I have every had at a golf tournament”, “food was good”, “fun group”, “our team will be back next year” “the golf tournament took less than 4 ½ hours”. Each year the golfer participation has increased to now over 100 golfers. The commitment from the sponsors and volunteers is what made the 5th tournament a huge success. Charitable donations were given to Bridges Safe House, Grand Prairie Pregnancy Resource Center, Grand Prairie and Cedar Hill Food Pantries, Lake Ridge Elementary School and The Canterbury School.
The past six years have brought many fun prize opportunities for the participating golfers; One Million Dollar Hole-In-One, Hole-in-One to win a car, One Hundred Thousand Dollars for a 150 yard Eagle Shot, Destination Trips, Cruises, Top of the line golf clubs, bags and cash to the winners in form of gift cards. The 2013 Tournament’s goal is to make it fun and increase the contributions to local community charities.
The personal reward of giving in terms of sponsor donations or a volunteer’s time is extremely gratifying, especially when all the proceeds are given back to the needs of the community. The tournament allows our neighborhood to reach out to the local community, create awareness of all Lake Ridge has to offer, creates immense goodwill towards our neighborhood and at zero cost to the association.