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FUMC Pasture Golf Tournament Slated

School NewsGreg Higgins

First United Methodist Church is hosting the 1st Annual Linda and Tom Graves Memorial Golf Classic at Red’Arc Farm Pasture Golf Course in Direct, Texas, on Monday, May 25 beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Both avid and novice pasture golfers will team up on Memorial Day to benefit the Zip Code Connection.

Pasture golf is a little different than playing on a country club’s eighteen hole golf course.  In this variation of the game, the four-person scramble plays on a par two ‘elite’ one-club course with the longest hole being approximately 120 yards and the shortest around 45 yards.  Seventeen gallon wash tubs serve as the ‘hole’ and sit on top of each ‘green’.  The object is to ding the side of the tub to make par.  A chip in subtracts one point from the score, so carding a zero is always a possibility.  Intermediate and championship tee boxes are found on every hole.  Players carry one club, preferably a 9 iron or wedge, and are warned against using golf balls straight out of the package.  Tall grass and water holes can sometimes consume the white dimples.

75462 (Clarksville, Texas) has been identified by the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church as the poorest economic, rural zip code in Northeast Texas.  The Zip Code Connection is a long-term strategy to address root issues of chronic poverty.  As a community development ministry, the Zip Code Connection builds bridges among neighbors, churches, and businesses to strengthen connections relationally and to resources.  By 2025, it is the goal to see Clarksville as a vibrant and thriving community that is identified as a good place to live, work, do business, and worship. 

Golfers are encouraged to bring their families for an afternoon of fun.  There will be a cookout, music by Merrol Ray, and activities for children.  Fee for each four-person team is $25.  Sign up by calling or texting 940.736.3008 or by Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TLGMemorialTourney?fref=ts