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Southmoreland baseball parents plan golf outing

| Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Southmoreland Baseball Parents Organization was looking for ways to raise money for the junior varsisty and varisty squads.

It still has its annual T-shirt sales and ticket sales for Pirate games, but this year something different is on the docket.

The organization will sponsor a golf outing Sunday at Timber Ridge Golf Course in Mt. Pleasant. Check in is at 8 a.m., with the golf tournament set to begin at 9 a.m..

“We have a golf tournament going on,” said Marty Ridenour, organization president. “We're doing some raffles, we're doing some contests. It's a local tournament. We're just asking golfers in the area to come out and support us a little bit.”

The cost for individual players is $75 and $275 for a foursome. There also are sponsorship opportunities available ranging from $50 to $100. The price includes cart and fees, dinner, one alcoholic beverage coupon, driving range, competitions in hole in one, longest drive and closest to the pin, along with a basket raffle and other prize opportunities and an awards ceremony. The event will take place, no matter what the weather is Sunday.

“All the parents will be there to help us,” Ridenour said. “We've got a nice set of golf clubs to raffle off. We're not too knowledgeable about how to do this. The golf club is helping us along. We're playing it by ear.”

Donations and funds raised help fund the cost of clinics, training, equipment, fall ball umpires and the end of the year banquet.

“Whatever the team needs or the school needs, we try to provide a little extra for them,” Ridenour said.

Ridenour had two sons on the team in 2013 — senior Mitch and sophomore Max.

“We support both the JV and the varsity program,” Ridenour said. “Our major fundraiser in the past has been just some T-shirt sales and 50-50 tickets, things of that nature. It didn't raise a whole lot of money. This year we decided to do something a little bigger. We're rookies at this. We've never done it before. We're just hoping for the best.”

Ridenour added that selling the tickets to Pirates' games can be a difficult fundraiser. The tickets they have for sale this year are for games May 31 and Aug. 16. May 31 just happens to be the date of Southmoreland's graduation, making the task a little harder.

“We are hoping the folks that can use (the May 31) tickets will purchase them,” Ridenour said. “We're designating Aug. 16 as Southmoreland night and we're hoping to get as many people from the local area to come on down and watch the game and have a showing for the team.”

But for now the focus is on Sunday and a first-time golf tournament to raise funds for the Scotties' baseball program.

“We're hoping to raise some funds and see the community come out and support us,” Ridenour said. “We're trying to plan a nice day for all involved,”

Information on sponsorship and registration is available at www.southmorelandbaseballfundrasiser.com.

Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or ppaterra@tribweb.com

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