For the 30th year, the local golf community is getting together to raise money for those in need the best way they know how — by hitting the links.
The Battle of the Nines takes place Sept. 25-26 at Walnut Creek Country Club.
“It is an incredible opportunity again for the golfing community to give back to Mansfield,” said organizer Mary Van Zandt.
In the Battle of the Nines, teams of two face off against two other teams. Each team represents a nine of the golf course Oak, Pecan or Willow and compete against the other in a three-way competition. Van Zandt said she is expecting about 140 participants.
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The event has raised more than $400,000 since its creation in 1985. Every year the funds go to organizations or families in need. Some examples include donations to Habitat for Humanity and helping families through hardships, including fighting cancer, the loss of a family member and medical expenses.
“The people that we help are typically people that have nowhere else to go,” Van Zandt said.
Van Zandt made it clear this is a friendly tournament, but there is always room for competition. The tournament is scramble play and there are skips and mulligans.
“The focus is really on the fun and doing something to help versus a die-hard golf tournament where the best absolute golfer wins,” she said. “There are many times people have never played will want to come over and will play.”
Entry into the tournament is $150 per couple for teams that register before Sept. 15. Those that sign up after must pay $175.
In addition to the all-day tournament there will also be a pep rally on Sept. 25, live and silent auctions, lunch on the day of the tournament, putting and pitching contests and a dinner Sept. 26. Those interested in participating in Friday night’s festivities can pay $25 per person.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770
Battle of the Nines
When: Sept. 25-26
Where: Walnut Creek Country Club, 1151 Country Club Drive.
Fees: $150 per team before Sept. 15; $175 after.