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Benefit golf tournament ready to tee off 

A fun way to support the local schools is ready to get into full swing.

The Suffolk Education Foundation is hosting its 21st annual benefit golf tournament at 1 p.m. on Oct. 23 at Sleepy Hole Golf Course, 4700 Sleepy Hole Road.

Each year, the Suffolk Education Foundation hosts a golf fundraiser to support local students and teachers. This tournament is one of the most significant ways the foundation raises funds, which go toward scholarships, institutional grants, staff development and recognition and technology support.

“The thing is that there is still a need for funding no matter what changes we go through,” said Patrick Belcher, board president of the Suffolk Education Foundation. “We are still trying to figure out what the money will specifically go to, but it will most likely be in a way that has never been done before.”

This golf tournament is different than in past years. The golf tournament has been named the Milton Liverman Memorial Golf Tournament. Dr. Liverman worked for Suffolk Public Schools for 36 years, including 10 years as superintendent. He loved to golf and was deeply committed to helping young people make a difference in their community and achieve their potential, the press release stated.

Starting at 11:30 a.m., participants can start arriving and practicing on the driving and putting ranges. The shotgun start will commence at 1 p.m. to get the tournament officially started.

“Sleepy Hole has hosted tournaments all summer, and has put many precautions in place,” said Belcher. “They have a great system over there and have always done a great job.”

The event includes 18 holes on an award-winning course, range balls, a boxed lunch, awards, a chicken and barbecue dinner, beverages along the course, the opportunity to win raffle prizes, and network with area leaders. Awards will include Florida Best Ball and prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, and of course, a hole-in-one contest.

RRMM Architects & Design Partners is the event’s 2020 presenting sponsor, and other sponsorship opportunities are available to support Suffolk Public Schools educators and students.

The pricing is $125 per individual, $375 for a foursome, or $500 to be a Birdie Sponsor for a team and a hole sponsorship sign.

“We look forward to everyone coming out and supporting us,” said Belcher.

To register or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit suffolkeducationfoundation.org/events.