The Barry County Drug Court Planning Team will hold its first annual golf tournament on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Cassville Golf Club. The team hopes the golf tournament will become a major fundraiser for the Barry County Drug Court Program, and all proceeds from the event will benefit this worthy cause.
The cost to participate in the four-man scramble is $50 per golfer, which includes cart rental, 18 holes of golf and a barbecue lunch. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start to follow at 9 a.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place teams in A/B Flights. There will also be prizes for closest to the pin, longest putt and longest drive. Other tournament prizes include: a 2009 Ford Fusion for a hole-in-one on a specific hole; three days and two nights at the Peabody in Memphis; three days and two nights at the Treetop Resort; two days of golf at Murder Rock; and many other prizes.
The planning team is also still accepting hole sponsorships or course sponsorships from area businesses and organizations. The cost to sponsor a hole is $150. Businesses can also choose to be a course sponsor for $100.
Due to funding cuts at the state level, the Barry County Drug Court will not receive any state funding this year. Funds raised through the golf tournament will help make sure this program remains viable. The Barry County Drug Court mission statement reads: "Barry County Drug Court is an intensive court-supervised treatment program that is dedicated to improving safety by breaking the cycle of crime and addiction through accountability. Our vision is also to improve lives for individuals, families and community through a pathway of change for continuation of success in recovery."
"This is a mission we take seriously, and we are determined to make sure we raise the funding for the program to sustain itself until the next round of funding becomes available," said Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox, who serves on the planning team. "We hope members of the community and area golfers will support our upcoming golf tournament."
Entry forms for the golf tournament are available at the Cassville Golf Course and registration will be accepted on the morning of the tournament. For more information, call Cindy Puryear, drug court coordinator, at 847-3133 or Chuck Edie, manager of the Cassville Golf Course, at 847-2399.