Athens Review, Athens, Texas

September 11, 2013

A little fun goes a long way

Pro golfer returns for Hope Springs Water benefit tournament

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

Athens — Hope Springs Water is looking for sponsors and golfers for it's GolfWell benefit golf tournament on Oct. 4 and they are bringing along a special guest.

Former PGA golfer Bruce Lietzke returns to Pinnacle Country Club on Cedar Creek Lake to host a clinic for golfers in between the morning and afternoon flights.

The tournament is a 4-person scramble with tee times at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. They will also have competitions for trophies, a jet ski and drivers. Golfers will also have a chance to compete for $5,000 in the putting contest.

“Last year, we had 127 golfers and 148 golfers is our max,” Hope Springs Board Chairman Steve Akin said. “We hope to have over 100 golfers this year.”

The GolfWell tournament is a fundraising effort that helps in the development of water wells for developing countries.

“We will raise enough money at this tournament to have a dozen serious wells drilled,” Akin said. “We want to keep promoting the water, because eventually it will be making serious money so we can drill more wells.”

Hope Springs Water was founded by Dr. Ted Mettetal in the fall of 2009 as a way to partner with communities in developing countries around the world to help provide sources of pure drinking water.

Lietzke wrapped up a 35-year professional career and said when he moved to Athens, he learned about the program through First Baptist Church.

“They asked me last year if I would be willing to help with the tournament,” Lietzke said. “I did a clinic last year where I talked to some of the players about the game of golf and how some of the players can improve their games before they tee off that day.”

Lietzke said knowing that the mission of Hope Springs is helping to find ways to donate money to provide sources of pure water to people living in the developing world, he had to find some way to get involved.

“It is a good thing,” Lietzke said. “The great things that they do in providing water in other countries and to people that don't have access to any type of drinking water, Hope Springs does a great job in providing water wells. Any way that we can help promote that company, I have been happy to do it.”

Akin said currently they have water wells in Uganda, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Mexico and Cambodia.

If you would like to register for the tournament, you can go online to and then click on the GolfWell logo.

You can also contact tournament director Sunni Starkes at 903-292-1781 for more information.