Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 5, 2013

Golf tournament to benefit area academies

Special to the Review
The Athens Review

Athens — Ranch Academy schools help kids from Henderson County … and now Henderson County has a chance to help back.

Ranch Academy — which includes Ranch Academy in Tyler and in Canton — will be hosting a golf tournament Friday, April 19, at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Canton. The event will start at 4 p.m., with nine holes to be played at night.

The tournament is in memory of late Ranch Academy employees Janice Tyner and Kelsie Raulston.

The tournament will be a two-person scramble with a maximum entry of 72 players. Entry fee is $100 per player and includes green fee, cart, goody bag, dinner, awards and prizes.

Bonus tickets can also be purchased. For $20 players get two mulligans, a drive contest, closest to the pin, long drive contest (men and women) and a raffle ticket.

There will also be an aquatic range contest (92 yards). Buy three balls for $5. The golfer who hits the most balls in the target wins a round of golf for four at Twin Lakes. Unlimited buys are available.

A silent auction will be held with numerous autographed sports memorabilia up for grabs. Items will include jerseys signed by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Jason Whitten; pictures signed by Dale Earnhart Jr., Jeff Gordon and Nolan Ryan; and a football signed by Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman and Romo. Other signed memorabilia will also be available.

Sponsorship opportunities range from the Pinnacle Golf Ball Level ($1,000), which includes company name on all printed materials, a hole sponsorship and a team in the tournament, to Raffle Prize Sponsorship ($100), which includes company name on the raffle prize table. Other levels include Dinner Sponsor ($750), Night Golf Equipment Sponsor ($500), Aquatic Range Contest Sponsor ($500), and Hole Sponsor ($250).

To register, contact Shannon Davidson at 903-479-3601.

The mission at Ranch Academy is to “promote individual success toward educational and career goals or college readiness.”

Teachers “instill a positive attitude, improved decision making abilities and increased social skills to encourage confident and independent citizens.”

Students come a wide area, including Martins Mill, Athens, Eustace, Brownsboro, and Cross Roads, as well as others.

Ranch Academy’s flier for the golf tournament reads: “We believe that our work supports many of the districts and communities around us by working with students who might not graduate to support them with flexible scheduling, small classes, a self-paced curriculum and actively promote a sober environment for all our students.”