Golf with a purpose coming to area

Spectators watch during the 2018 Missouri Amateur Championship golf tournament at the Dalhousie Golf Club.
Southeast Missourian file

The fact that the world needs some positivity at this time is not debatable and the Southeast Missouri Food Bank and Dalhousie Golf Club are collaborating to bring some of that to Southeast Missouri.

Registration is on-going for the 9th Annual Southeast Missouri Food Bank Golf Classic later this summer.

“The past few months have been incredibly challenging,” Food Bank CEO Joey Keys said in a release. “We think by the end of August people will be more than ready for a little golf therapy.”

The event will begin at 11 a.m. (check-in) at Dalhousie Golf Club on Aug. 31.

Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. and the golf begins at 12:30 p.m.

“More importantly,” Keys continued, “it’s an opportunity to help feed hungry children in Southeast Missouri.”

The registration for the four-man scramble is $600 and includes lunch, a golf cart, as well as snacks and drinks along the course.

The event is limited to 25 teams.

Proceeds from the event benefit the food bank’s “BackPacks for Friday” and “A Better Childhood” programs.

The “Backpack” program provides food for school-age children over the weekends during the school year, and combined, both programs reach more than 1,000 children each month.

“When schools closed early and people began losing their jobs because of COVID-19,” Keys said, “we saw a tremendous increase in the number of people needing food assistance.

“This tournament helps us support programs targeted specifically at feeding children right here in this area.”

The event will include contests and the golfer that hits a hole-in-one could receive a $10,000 prize provided by First Midwest Bank in Cape Girardeau.

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