Lubbock Lights golf tourney raises scholarship funds

August 12, 2010

LUBBOCK – Covering the cost of a college education is not an easy endeavor, even for working adults with full-time jobs. That’s why Dr. Kent Brooks is so passionate about the Lubbock Lights Golf Tournament at Wayland Baptist University’s Lubbock Campus.

The tournament has raised more than $100,000 over the past six years of its existence, all going into a scholarship fund to help offset the cost of higher education for those attending the campus. The seventh annual event is slated for Sept. 27 at the Hillcrest Country Club, 4011 North Boston, and it is expected to add to that total significantly.

“The golf tournament has provided the vehicle to connect with more than 100 companies who have participated in the tournament and donated to the Lubbock Campus scholarship fund,” said Brooks, who serves as Director of Development for the campus.

While tournament organizers are busy securing hole sponsorships and other corporate sponsorships for the event, they are also seeking to fill up morning and afternoon flights for the four-person scramble format tourney. Tee-off times are at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., with lunch served at noon for both groups.

Participants will also have snacks available, goody bags, the opportunity to win additional prizes and compete in contests for putting, longest drive, closest to the pin and more. Individual registration is $125 or $500 for a team of four, with that fee covering lunch, snacks, a bucket of driving range balls and a cart.

Brooks said the event has been an enjoyable one for participants over the years, with many companies sending out teams of four for friendly competition with fellow Lubbock business people during that day. But the result in scholarships for students is the real blessing.

“Since the Lubbock Campus students are working adults returning to school, these scholarship funds have enabled hundreds of students – including single parents and first generation students – to continue their education,” Brooks said. The campus offers classes toward undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of fields, with evening and weekend class formats that make it easy for adults working in the daytime to work education into their busy schedules.

For more information on registering for the tournament, contact Brooks at (806) 785-9285 or 535-2827.