There are some who play golf for the glory and go on to become local, state and national competitors.
Then there are some who forego the golf cart and enjoy the low-impact exercise and fun the sport provides.
Then there are those who combine all of that and compete for a cause.
That is why so many locals choose to sign up and participate in the longest running golf tournament in Southwest Oklahoma.
The 26th Annual Jim Holland Memorial Golf Tournament will be teeing off 8 a.m. Saturday at The Greens of Altus.
Each year, golfers of varying skill levels come to the tournament for competition, fellowship and fun.
Established in 1990 by the Western Oklahoma State College Foundation Inc. in honor of longtime college faculty member and Southwest Oklahoma educator Jim Holland after his untimely death, the scholarship endowment total is now more than $242,000.
The first tournament was in November 1991 with the support of Holland’s family and friends, and successfully raised $10,000.
Twenty-five years ago, the morning flight of the tournament was won by Joe Urbanski, John Church and Gary Thompson, while the afternoon flight was won by Bill Star, Johnny J. Roberts and John Ray.
And it has been going strong every year since.
Last year, more than $14,000 was raised during the 25th annual tournament and was won by Kyle McMahan, Larry Fisher, Kerry Bull and Shorty Charernsook.
Since its beginning, more than 2,500 golfers have teed off at the course in memory of Holland.
In addition to players, the tournament has also seen more than 500 volunteers who have worked countless hours preparing the course, working the tournament, serving food and registering teams.
There have been more than 700 sponsors over the past 25 years who have generously supported the tournament with many continuing to support to this day.
There are sponsorship opportunities available for the tournament including a cart sponsorship priced at $50, a hole sponsorhip at $100, a co-tournament sponsorship at $250, and a tournament sponsorship at $500.
The format of play for the tournament will be an 18-team, four person scramble with a shotgun start. A shotgun start tournament is one in which all teams tee off simultaneously from different holes.
Fees and sponsorship payments can be mailed to WOSC Foundation, Inc. at 2801 N. Main in Altus, OK 73521, and can be paid by cash, check, or credit card.
The tournament in only days away and there are so many people in the community that are looking to go out, have fun, and play golf in Holland’s memory and support the scholarship opportunities for years to come.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.