Foursomes sought to support education Superintendent’s tournament tees off April 22 at Sugarmill

By Julie Gorham / Citrus Chronicle

Citrus County Education Foundation and the Citrus County School District officials invite golfers of all skill levels to join them at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at the 19th annual Superintendent’s Golf Classic at the Sugarmill Woods Golf Club, 1 Douglas St., Homosassa.

CCEF supports local educators and students through classroom grants for all grade levels, scholarships for aspiring teachers and high school seniors, and numerous programs for students throughout the district including First Library, CCEF’s newest literacy initiative for prekindergarten classes.

“This is one of our largest fund-raising events that goes directly back to the schools and this year we need a little help to get those scholarship dollars in,” CCEF Executive Director Shaunda Burdette said.

“This year we are noticing we are about halfway where we typically are this time of the year for our fundraising efforts,” Burdette added.

Event organizers expect 150 golfers to compete in foursomes regardless of skill level as there will be three flights based upon the golf ability. Currently, they have 29 foursome teams with a need for seven more teams. Registration is $55 per golfer and sponsorships are available.

The classic includes a golf scramble with prizes for division winners, a golfer’s goodie bag, lunch, prize drawings and dozens of door prizes. All proceeds benefit the Citrus County Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Bruce Sheffield, Citrus County School District coordinator of Health, PE, and Special Programs, said he has been a part this annual event for the last seven years and said it is one of the best golf scrambles for the price.

“It is one of the better values I’ve seen. ... We try to keep it low to attract golfers,” Sheffield said. “We have been at Sugarmill Woods for the past 10 years. They are very accommodating with us and allow us to use all nine holes.”

There are hole-in-one prizes sponsored by Eagle Buick, Crystal Harley-Davidson, and Village Toyota, and golfers can win prizes for “closest to the hole” and “longest drive.” There will be drawings for prizes, as well.

The school that raises the most funds will receive $1,000 to go back to their school. Participants can choose which school they’re golfing for.

“This is something that is dear to Mrs. (Superintendent Sandra “Sam”) Himmel’s heart. This is an event that the community comes together for, allowing her to spend the day with them,” Burdette said.

Deadline to register is Wednesday, April 19. Contact Bruce Sheffield at 352-726-1931, ext. 2239.

* WHAT: 19th Annual Superintendent’s Golf Classic.

* WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

* WHERE: Sugarmill Woods Golf Club.

* FORMAT: Four-person scramble.

* ENTRY FEE: $55 per person — includes golf, lunch, door prizes, hole contests.

* INFO: Bruce Sheffield — 352-726-1931, ext. 2239.

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