Young marines seek funding boost through golf tournament

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Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines Benefit Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 9, at Palmetto Country Club in Benton to benefit the local youth program that has made a positive impact on the lives of nearly 1,100 young men and women.

The format will be a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at noon and will have lots of prizes and a meal, as well as food and refreshments during the course of play.

The cost of play is $125 per player or $500 for a four-player team, which covers green fees, cart, driving range privileges, meals and prizes.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams, longest drive, closest-to-the-pin, special hole-in-one prizes and door prizes.  Lunch will be provided at 11 a.m. just prior to the noon shotgun start.

“Our Young Marines program has proven time and time again to be such a positive environment for our young people,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.

Last spring, the U.S. Department of Justice told Whittington to remove voluntary prayer and the mention of God from the Young Marines program in order to receive $30,000 in federal grant money.

However, Whittington said it wasn’t a tough choice to make.

“Voluntary prayer and God will remain in our program, with or without federal funding,” he said.

“Supporters from right here in our area to people from around the country and world have rallied to show their support for the Young Marines program over the past year, and we are excited to have this golf scramble to continue to show support for young men and women in northwest Louisiana.”

All proceeds from the golf scramble will go to support the Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines.

Entry forms can be found at all Bossier Sheriff’s Office locations, Palmetto Country Club and at www.bossiersheriff.com on the right side of the page.

For further information on the tournament, call 318-965-2400.  For more information on the Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines, call 965-3500.