By TYLER MASK
It's that time of year again, golf is in full swing. While it is generally seen as a fun past-time, golf, like any other activity, can serve a higher purpose. Enter the Annual Craig Crawford Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament, a four man scramble, slated for May 3, starting at 1 p.m.
“The Annual Craig Crawford Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament is a great opportunity to give back to the community while enjoying golf with friends,” Craig's brother, Chris Crawford, said.
All individuals looking to participate in the tournament, donate door prizes or sponsor holes are invited to join the fun. You don't even have to leave your house to sign up. Just log online to the organization's website.
The cost to sponsor a hole is $100 per hole. The cost to play is $65 per player. For those looking to donate door prizes, contact the organization directly or fill out a mailer, and they will make arrangements to pick up your item(s) the week of the tournament. Payments can be made via mail by check, online with PayPal or in person the day of the tournament.
In 2002, off-duty Mineral Wells Police Department Detective Craig Crawford was killed in an automobile accident on his way to a golf tournament. During Crawford's tenure as an officer, he had the opportunity of serving as the School Resource Officer of Mineral Wells High School, of which he was class of 1988. Upon Crawford's passing, the family saw fit to create a scholarship program in his honor.
A year later, Craig Crawford Memorial Scholarship, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was born. The mainstay behind the scholarship funding is the tournament.
This year marks the 12th annual tournament. To date, the organization has awarded more that $36,000 in scholarships to local students.