Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

April 9, 2014

Craig Crawford tourney set for May 3


Mineral Wells Index

— 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.

“The purpose of our organization is to provide local and regional scholarships to graduating high school students and recruits attending the Weatherford College Police Academy,” Chris Crawford said.

Each year, the organization strives to aide a minimum of four high school students and one student from the college academy.

According to the organization's website, the organization will:

• Treat all applicants equally with dignity, respect and compassion regarding their educational financial needs.

• Provide financial aid without discrimination.

• Practice excellent stewardship for all donating sponsors.

• Promote open door communication with the public.

Selection criteria for scholarships may include but is not limited to: participation in school, community or church activities, academic performance, financial need and recommendations from teachers and community members.

“We are hopeful that [the tournament] will continue to grow,” Crawford said. “We can't provide scholarships without the players and the sponsors. We want to extend our tremendous gratitude to our sponsors, players and volunteers.

Together, we are making a difference for college-bound high school students and local law enforcement programs.”

To register or learn more about the tournament or scholarship program, visit www.craigcrawfordmemorialscholarship.org, or contact Chris Crawford at chris@craigcrawfordcharity.com.

The tournament is sponsored by Chicken Express.