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Updated: 12/27/2011 12:08:58PM

Swing a golf club for Habitat for Humanity

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If you enjoy golf, or even if you don’t but believe in the wonderful work of Habitat for Humanity, you might want to sign up for the second Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County golf tournament on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Lake Wales Country Club.

Habitat builds houses for those in need. The work is done by volunteers.

“You don’t have to swing a hammer, you can swing a golf club to help,” said Habitat’s Julie Farish.

Tournament officials have extended the Sept. 9 deadline for signing up.

“We’re accepting applications right up to the day before the tournament,” said Habitat’s Peggy Shadrick. “It’s first-come, first-served, because the golf course can only accommodate 128 golfers.”

The tournament is a scramble format with handicaps. Teams of four are encouraged to sign up. Individuals and groups of less than four may sign up as well.

The entry fee is $75 per person and that covers greens fee, golf cart and lunch. Tickets may be purchased at prices beginning at $1 to compete for closest-to-the-pin, putting and other prizes.

Businesses are encouraged to help sponsor this event. For $500, a team of four gets shirts and free advertising by sponsoring a hole, in addition to the golf and lunch. Business sponsorships are available for $350 and include golf and lunch. Donations of merchandise and other products to be used as prizes are welcome.

Applications and entry fees may be mailed to Habitat for Humanity of East Polk, 3550 Recker Highway, Winter Haven, FL 33880. Applications should include the name of each golfer and his or her handicap.

Habitat for Humanity of East Polk is a Christian-based organization dedicated to “building safe, decent and affordable houses in partnership with churches, businesses and people in need for those who are in need” in eastern Polk County. The organization was founded in 1987 by the late Carroll Teeter of Winter Haven.

Habitat requires “sweat equity” (helping at the construction site) from its beneficiaries and offers them interest-free mortgage loans. Habitat for Humanity of East Polk finished and dedicated its 101st home on Sept. 1.

Contributions to Habitat are tax-deductible.

For further information about Habitat or the golf tournament, call Farish or Joanne Borden at 292-2256.

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