Writer: Darrell J. Pehr, 575-646-3223, firstname.lastname@example.org
LAS CRUCES - A golfer could split a million-dollar prize with a youth foundation for sinking one lucky shot at the Jesse Holloway Memorial 4-H Foundation Golf Scramble April 8.
Two golfers will be picked to try a hole-in-one at Picacho Hills Country Club in Las Cruces. One will be someone playing in the scramble and the other will be chosen from those who buy tickets. A winning shot would bring in $500,000 for the golfer and $500,000 for the New Mexico 4-H Youth Development Foundation.
The annual 18-hole scramble raises money for scholarships and travel expenses to support the 76,000 New Mexico youth in 4-H. 4-H, the world's largest youth organization with 7 million members, helps young people build leadership, citizenship and life skills.
The scramble is named for the late Jesse Holloway, who headed the state 4-H and youth development department at New Mexico State University for almost a decade. Holloway held 4-H leadership positions at the state, regional and national levels. He served as headquarters chair for a revived 4-H Congress and represented 4-H on the national management team for the 4-H livestock and skill-a-thon contest.
Organizer Tim Rabon said the funds are particularly important in helping 4-H teams compete in national contests. The foundation supports seven annual scholarships; 18 state contests; and travel expenses for the state's top 15 4-H project record book winners to attend the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta. The scramble is one of two major fundraisers that benefit the foundation.
Last year, 20 teams competed for top honors. Organizers set a goal of 36 teams this year.
"We hope the hole-in-one contest will increase the interest quite a lot," said Billy Dictson, an event organizer. Past scrambles have raised $8,000 to $9,000, he said.
Tickets for a chance at the $1 million are $10 each or six tickets for $50.
Cost to play in the scramble is $100 per golfer or $400 per four-person team. The fee includes green fees, cart, sack lunch and dinner cookout. Organizers also are seeking team sponsors ($400), half-team sponsors ($200), hole sponsors ($100) and tee sponsors ($50).
NMSU Cooperative Extension Service offices across the state have registration forms for golfers and tickets for the hole-in-one contest, as well as information on becoming a sponsor.
For more information, call Tim Rabon, (505) 437-2995; Bobby Ann or Billy Dictson, (505) 647-3908 or (505) 644-7403; or Jimmie Hall, (505) 294-6178
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