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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
It’s always a good thing to see how one sport can benefit another. Case in point, the annual Washington County football boosters golf scramble. Supporters of Commander football came out to Lincoln Homestead Golf Course this past Saturday with club in hand to raise money for the high school football program.
“This is an investment in the young men who get out there everyday, who sacrifice and put in the effort for Washington County football,” said WC football boosters president Kevin Riney. “This fundraiser is used to facilitate some items for the team such as cleats, gloves and weights, as well as various events that help them bond as a team. We just want to make it a better experience for them. We also award a $500 academic scholarship each year.”
Finishing in first place was the team of Commander assistant coach Larry Smith, Matthew Smith, Joe B. Yates and Mikie Yates, who shot 15-under on the par 71 course.
Three teams shot 10-under to tie for second place. The team from Springfield State Bank, consisting of Terry Bishop, Joey Spalding, Aaron Spalding and Patrick Bishop, won in a playoff.
“This means a great deal to the football program,” said Commander head coach Mark Perry. “The money raised by the booster club goes directly back to the kids. It ensures that cost is not a factor in their decision to play football. We also give them spirit packs that help them represent the high school in public. That’s a great recruiting tool.”
The boosters are raffling off a hand-crafted cabinet during the football season as another way to raise funds. For more information on the raffle or on the Washington County football boosters, contact Kevin Riney at (859) 336-7600 or email email@example.com.