Golf tournament benefits local charity

By: Toni Arnes,
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On Sept. 9, Lincoln Hills Community Church will demonstrate one of its core values, “Love for others as Christ has loved us,” when it hosts its fifth annual golf tournament benefitting Ride To Walk.

The tournament, held at the Lincoln Hills Golf Club, tees off at 8 a.m. with registration beginning an hour earlier.

Each year, Lincoln Hills Community Church chooses a local charitable organization to share proceeds with from the golf tournament, according to chairman Bob McCollum. This year, Ride To Walk will receive half of those net proceeds.

Ride To Walk is a therapeutic horseback-riding program that enhances the lives of children and young adults with neurological disabilities by providing therapeutic activities, according to its website.

Founded by Dr. Kristine Corn, the program helps children with autism, brain injuries, cardiovascular accident/stroke, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, muscular dystrophy, post-polio speech impairments, spina bifida and spinal cord injuries.

According to McCollum, the muscle and bone movement received while riding can rehabilitate individuals.

“Children who could not walk or talk can now do both,” McCollum said.

In the past, Lincoln Hills Community Church (an inter-denominational church) has worked with other nonprofit organizations but chose Ride To Walk this year because the church is familiar with the organization.

“We have Easter Sunrise services out there every year. We have our church picnic out at their facility and Dr. Corn is now a member of our church,” McCollum said.

The tournament is a scramble format (handicapped), which McCollum described as “the best ball, four players, everyone hits and everyone plays the best shot.”

Tournament fees are $90 but early-birds registering by Aug. 1 pay $80. Green fees with cart and range balls are included in the fees.

Pastries and coffee will be served in the morning and there will be a buffet sandwich lunch.

Tournament participants also have a chance to receive as well as give.

“There will be a wonderful raffle with prizes to public and private country club golf courses,” McCollum said.

For more information, call McCollum at 408-0621 or Bill Barnes at 434-8227.

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