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By Michael Paul
The annual Trojan Football John Murphy Golf Tournament will be played a few weeks later than in previous years and it will allocate some of the money raised for scholarships.
The tourney, a fundraiser for the West Brunswick football team, is traditionally played in July. But West Brunswick coach Jimmy Fletcher was busy most of the month preparing to coach the East in the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star football. So he decided to have the tourney at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 11 at Brierwood Golf Club. (Next year the tourney again will be in July, Fletcher said.)
The tourney this year ties in perfectly with the 2012 football season: it comes one day after the Trojans and other area teams play in the BB&T Football Jamboree in Wilmington.
The tourney entry fee of $50 per golfer, $200 per team, covers breakfast and other food and beverages.
For more information or to be a hole sponsor, call Fletcher at 209-3516.
“We’ve kept the price down because Chris Lane and his staff have helped us so much with the cost,” Fletcher said.
Despite the slow recovery from the recession, the tourney last year set a record for number of teams entered, 36, who played two foursomes to a tee for the shotgun shot.
“It’s kind of grown every year,” Fletcher said. “It’s going to be hard to beat 36 teams.”
The football program gets money from the booster club for jerseys and from the school for such items as shoulder pads and helmets. The money from this tourney helps cover a range of items, whether it is for shoes or for DVDs or for camps.
But Fletcher said some of the money from the tourney this year will be used for scholarships, to be awarded during the Senior Awards Day at the end of the school year.
“Depending on how many teams play in it, we’re going to have one or two scholarships,” Fletcher said.
A committee will be set up to select which applicants should get the scholarships, Fletcher said. Applicants will have to meet certain criteria.
“I know the BB&T gives $1,000,” Fletcher said. “I’m hoping if we make enough money, I’d love to give a couple $1,000 or at least two $500. We’re going to definitely do it.”
Michael Paul is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at email@example.com.