The third annual Fountain Place Tommy Bolt Classic will take place on June 24, confirming original plans to hold a major area golf tournament on the fourth Saturday in June every year.
In 2005, the Classic drew team participants from over 30 communities in northeast and central Arkansas, as well as southern Missouri.
This year's tournament promises to have an even broader appeal, and event organizers are suggesting early entry to confirm a slot among the maximum 36 teams.
Tommy Bolt continues to lend his name and presence to this annual charity tournament to benefit Fountain Place, a Christian retirement center located in Cherokee Village.
Bolt is a member of the World Golf Hall Of Fame and is the 1958 U.S. Open Champion. Widely know as "Thunderbolt," Bolt endorses his usual fee back to Fountain Place each year as the Tournament's major benefactor.
The Classic will again use the facilities of the championship South Golf Course at Cherokee Village that was designed by golf course architect Edmund Ault of Bethesda, Md. Team pictures will again be taken with Bolt, who makes his summer home in Cherokee Village.
American Land Company is a $3,000 gold sponsor again this year, and Baxter Regional Medical Center is at the $1,000 bronze level.
Hole-in-one prizes include new cars, a truck, a boat, jet ski, ATV and golf holiday packages. Sponsors for these prizes are Conley Ford and MidLake Marine. Pap Beardsley Buick-Dodge-Jeep joins them this year.
The Classic involves a four-person scramble with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The team entry fee has been increased from $200 to $250 this year. The increase was made not only to increase income to the charity, but also to provide a quality golf shirt and prize bags to players in lieu of logo prizes furnished in the past.
Lunch and refreshments are included in the fee. Entry forms are available by contacting David Webb at the Cherokee Village Golf Shop at 257-5555, Fountain Place at 257-2000, or Oral Henderson, tournament chair, at 257-2452. More information is available by logging on to WWW.FountainPlace.US.
Donations may be sent to Fountain Place, a federally qualified 501-c-3 charitable institution, which, according to event origanizers, means they are tax deductible.
A raffle and auction will also be held at the Classic, with all proceeds going to Fountain Place.