LUFKIN TX, (Press release) - What happens when 300 hackers play hooky from work and hit the links in Lufkin? They 'hit pay dirt' for nonprofit organizations in Angelina County.
For the past 11 years, Lufkin-based Brookshire Brothers has invited its vendors and buyers to town to play golf in its Charity Golf Tournament. Reps from companies like Kellogg's, Minute Maid, and every other 'brand' found on a grocery store shelf hit the links twice a year. The teams 'pay for the privilege' of playing at Crown Colony Country Club knowing their entry fees also fund a wide array of charitable organizations in the markets Brookshire Brothers' serve.
Tournament Co-Chair Billy Miller says, "Our buyers love this tournament. Not only do they get to play one of the top courses in the state, they get to network with colleagues in the grocery business, and raise money for deserving organizations like the Ellen Trout Zoo and the State Supported Living Center." Miller adds, "It's also one of the best run tourneys anywhere around."
As of a week out from the tourney, 62 teams were signed up to play at $2000 to $3500 a team entry. The entry fee covers two meals, a round of golf, the chance to win dozens of prizes and the knowledge that the golfers' involvement benefits the people who use the services provided by the non-profits the Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation funds.
Brookshire Brothers' organizer Billy Miller goes on to say, "This is one of the premier events offered in our line of business where you can combine work with fun. The bottom line is the people of Angelina County gain the most – from the charities to the hotels, gas stations and restaurants that host the golfers who come to town to play these tournaments twice a year."