Golf tournament to benefit SW Va. cancer patients

Stephen Igo • Aug 5, 2013 at 11:44 PM

BIG STONE GAP — One needn’t be a Tiger Woods to take the sort of strokes that can make an impact on the leaderboard this Friday at Lonesome Pine Country Club near Big Stone Gap.

The third annual Harold Lester Golf Tournament tees off Friday for a good cause, with all proceeds to benefit cancer patients in Lee, Wise and Scott counties and the city of Norton receiving assistance from Mountain Empire Older Citizens’ Mountain Laurel Cancer Support and Resource Center.

Every cent raised by the annual tournament, memorializing a longtime Wise County educator, goes toward meeting the unexpected needs of cancer patients. Last year the tournament raised over $7,000 and the year before over $9,000.

Several teams have already signed up for this year’s tournament but there’s always room for more, MEOC confirmed on Monday. Folks can participate as a player or as an individual sponsor, and business sponsorships are always welcome.

Level 1 support, a four-person team hole sponsor, is $475; Level 2, four-person team, with a company name on the tournament board is $400; Level 3 hole sponsor at $100 will get a company or individual name on a tee box; Level 4 individual player, where the tournament committee will place an individual player on a team, is $100; and Level 5 is a donation of any amount as a business or individual sponsor.

A mulligan package is included in each sponsorship level. The event will also feature a hole-in-one contest with a $25,000 top prize as well as a couple of half-and-half contests. Door prizes and lunch will be provided.

A highly regarded educator and member of the community, the late Harold Lester retired after 38 years with the Wise County school division. When he died his family and friends looked for a way to honor his memory while helping others, and established the memorial fund to assist cancer patients in Southwest Virginia.

For more information on levels of sponsorship or an entrance form, contact Leigh Ann Bolinskey at (276) 523-4202 or email lkennedy@meoc.org.

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