BALLSTON SPA — On June 3, the 4-H Scholarship Golf Classic returns for a 22nd year, helping raise money for the Saratoga County 4-H Leaders Association to provide college scholarships and other opportunities to local students. The Association is seeking corporate sponsorship as well as foursomes to come out and play in the tournament.
Money raised at the tournament goes to the Saratoga County 4-H Leaders Association, which has granted 59 scholarships of $1,000 each to students within the county since the tournament began. The tournament raises roughly $10,000 each year, said Greg Stevens, the program leader at the 4-H Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County. Stevens also said the tournament helps raise money for things such as leadership trips and volunteer training. This year, the tournament hopes to double its goal.
These are integral parts of the 4-H program of 44 clubs within 4-H, 160 volunteers and over 600 youth. The Saratoga 4-H program is very active all across Saratoga County, not just in one community.
The 22nd annual tournament will be held at the Fairways of Halfmoon in Mechanicville. The Fairways of Halfmoon have “been a great partner” for the tournament. Stevens said the tournament has enjoyed a strong community response, noting the generous support of the Golf Club.
Stevens also added that it is meaningful to see the strong response from participants and sponsors in the tournament each year.
“It makes me so proud and humbled that they feel we are a worthy cause to come out and support,” Stevens said. “We’re extremely happy, and we’re extremely grateful. Personally, as a 4-H Program Leader, I couldn’t be happier to have such a great fundraiser that is established year after year, still continues to grow today, and provides opportunities for our kids.”