Area golfers get ready to 'Tee It Up For Teachers' at Lufkin tournament

KTRE Chief Meteorologist Brad Hlozek is promising clearing skies just in time for Monday's 'Tee It Up for Teachers' Golf Tournament at Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin.

The tournament is part of the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce's commitment to education and to local businesses.  It is a scholarship fundraiser.  "The Chamber saw a need after talking with education officials.  They wanted to be able to send teachers back to school because there are a lot of teachers out there who want to go ahead and increase their education, to go forward and get a Master's degree, but with the economy the way it was and teacher funding, it was difficult for them so this was an opportunity to help give scholarships for those teachers," said Melissa Wheeler, Project Coordinator.

In addition to scholarships for selected individual teachers, the group is raising money to go towards programs that benefit the entire schools.  "We've been working with our local businesses with coming up with ways where education could help boost their business and by doing so we're putting together some programs designed to encourage our kids to stay here in Angelina County to grow up to become active citizens in our community," said Wheeler.

The tournament is also a chance for golfers to win some nice prizes.  For example, a hole in one on number 4 wins a $10,000 shopping spree, courtesy of WalMart, while a hole in one on number 17 wins a new car from Perry Ellis Kia.

"The competition seems pretty fierce.  We have returning golfers who come back year after year to support the program and we have some new teams this year.  And, many of the businesses bring with them some of their employees and customers for support," said Wheeler.

Wheeler encourages all of the participants to participate in the pre-tournament Putting Contest at 11 a.m.  The winner receives two mulligans. In laymen's terms, a mulligan is a chance for the golfer to take another shot without penalty, so mulligans could come in pretty handy during this tournament.  According to contest rules, the mulligan can only be used on a tee shot and only one can be used per hole, per individual.

There is a shot gun start at noon and the tournament culminates with an awards ceremony and door prizes at 5 p.m.  Of course, organizers say the big winners are the community and the county's six independent school districts.

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