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Third Annual Golf Scramble Classic to tee off on Sept. 20
September 6, 2019

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SHEPHERDSTOWN -- The Friends of the Shepherdstown Library are ready to tee off this month, with the Third Annual Golf Scramble Classic at The Club At Cress Creek on Sept. 20.

The event, which has grown in popularity since its founding in 2017, will donate its proceeds to the new building for the Shepherdstown Public Library, to be built on a four-acre tract of land outside of the Corporation of Shepherdstown.

"Last year we had around 70 players. We could probably handle roughly 85 or so," said founder and co-organizer Marty Amerikaner, of Shepherdstown. "I'm certainly hoping we'll have a similar number this year, and if there are more, that would be great."

Amerikaner said his previous golf scramble experience gave him the idea of starting one in Shepherdstown.

"People don't have to be experienced competitive golfers to enjoy this. Men, women, young people, old people - it's not a high-pressure situation," Amerikaner said, mentioning many nonprofit organizations raise money through hosting golf scrambles.

"I had played in some golf scrambles before. Starting when we did this the first time, that was the first time I had organized one, so that was a little trial-by-error," Amerikaner said. "The golf pro at Cress Creek, John Francisco, is a very nice guy and helped us put together the set of plans. We've pretty much followed the same set of plans every year, with some tweaks."

Registration includes lunch, dinner, green fees and golf carts. Check-in begins at 11 a.m., and tee-off time will have a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

The cost is $360 per foursome or $100 for individual participants, who will be assigned to a team. There will be opportunities to purchase bonus packages and tickets for multiple raffles. Prizes will be awarded to first and second place teams, based on gross and net scores.

Amerikaner works with his co-organizer, SPL Director of Library Development Lee Ann Warner, to plan each year's event, which is also sponsored by a number of community businesses.

"There is absolutely room for more sponsors," Amerikaner said. "If people would like to sponsor, either by way of tee box signs or by way of contributing to the lunches or dinners, they can call Lee Ann directly at the library.

"How critically important libraries are to all communities, and particularly in West Virginia, where there are so many challenges throughout the state for libraries and all kinds of educational institutions. They are not very well supported by the public coffers," Amerikaner said. "It's the little bit we can do to be some help."

Advance registration forms may be picked up at the library at 100 East German Street. Visit the library's website at www.lib.shepherdstown.wv.us to register online or download a registration form.

For more information, contact Warner at 901-229-1065 or leeann.warner@martin.lib.wv.us, or contact Amerikaner at 304-617-4445 or marty.amerikaner@gmail.com. If you are not a golfer but would still like to contribute to the library project, contact Hali Taylor at 304-876-2783, or donate online at www.lib.shepherdstown.wv.us.

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