|By Michelle Kealey|
SOUTHWICK The Southwick Wrestling Club is seeking local golfers to participate in its scramble style golf tournament on Sept. 11, which raises funds to support the wrestling programs in the town.
According to Dave Whalley, an organizer of the golf tournament, the Southwick Wrestling Club was formed several years ago by a group of parents in response to budget problems in the school system.
He said that Southwick-Tolland Regional High School (STRHS) wrestlers could no longer afford to travel to the eastern part of the state to compete and could no longer participate in post-season events such as the New England Championship and the National Championship.
He added that the coach was paying for some of the needed costs out of his own pocket, which the parents thought "was not a good thing." The concerned parents formed the Southwick Wrestling Club to offset the costs of the program.
In addition, the group now offers scholarships, promotes youth wrestling in the town and helps students, who would not be able to afford it otherwise pay the sports fee to participate in wrestling. Ed Martinez, the STRHS wrestling coach, said that the sports fee is $100 for each sport at the high school.
He added that the money raised by the Southwick Wrestling Club gives students who need financial aid to participate the chance to do so.
Whalley said that the tournament attracted about 90 players last year. This will be the fifth year that the group has hosted the tournament and Whalley said "the more the merrier" when it comes to the number of players.
The cost to golf in the tournament is $75, which includes the golf round, the golf cart, barbecue after the tournament and prizes.
In addition to golfers, the Southwick Wrestling Club is seeking sponsors for the tees and greens. The cost to sponsor a tee is $100. The cost to sponsor a green is $50.
The tournament will take place at the Southwick Country Club. The tournament will begin at 11:30 a.m. For more information about the tournament or to sign up to play or become a sponsor, contact Dave Whalley at 569-6092 or Ed Martinez at 569-9404.