Mark Twain deemed golf “a good walk spoiled.” For members of the Greene County Lions Club, golf is a good reason to walk among the beauty of the Blue Ridge foothills as well as an enjoyable way to raise funds for the club’s many local and area service projects.

The Lions Club will hold its annual golf tournament on Monday, June 3. Shotgun start is at 1 p.m. As golfers play the course at Greene Hills Club in Stanardsville, they are treated to stunning vistas of the Blue Ridge. Players’ cost is $300 for a team of four and $75 per single player. Each player can purchase up to four mulligans at $15 each (a raffle ticket is included with each purchase). Teams and players can be sponsored for the same rates.

Those who cannot come to the tournament can still support the Lions Club with a sponsorship of one of the holes. Each $50 tax-deductible sponsorship will include the sponsor’s name or business name on custom-made signs at that hole.

“The golf tournament is our primary fundraiser for the year,” explains this year’s tournament chairman Steve Morris. “Perhaps we are best known for providing glasses and hearing aids to the needy in our community, but we do many other projects.”

The club members take their specially fitted trailer to schools and other special events to perform their photoscreening project. Photoscreening is a noninvasive (all they do is take photos of the people’s eyes with a camera that can identify problems that can affect learning). The person is never touched and the service is free. Other club programs include college scholarships, donations to community services and Christmas baskets to the needy.

Besides the fun of the game and the awards, participants will qualify for any number of great raffle prizes. There is also a 50/50 cash raffle. These are awarded during the delicious meal following the end of the tournament.

“The golf tournament is a lot of fun,” Morris adds. “Everybody has a blast.”

Golfers or potential sponsors can sign-up by calling Morris at (434) 985- 3321. The club meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Café in Ruckersville. For more information about the club, call (434) 985-6655.

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