Charity golf tournament set for 16th year

The Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad will hold its 16th annual charity golf tournament beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at Bowling Green North in Front Royal. Proceeds will go to Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and a student scholarship program.

Recently renamed for the late P. Mowery Sr., the event will feature teams of up to four golfers vying for supremacy.

Bill Sager is coordinating the tournament.

“It was a fundraiser for the rescue squad, but Mr. Mowery was really active in the organization,” Sager said. “He loved the game of golf and gave to his community all the time and we decided to rename the tournament in his honor.”

Sager said that the Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad is not the only beneficiary of portions of the tournament’s proceeds.

“We’ve decided the last few years that we would take some of the proceeds from the tournament and do a scholarship for any young man or woman to go into any medical field – anything from nurses and doctors to athletic training,” he said. “That’s how we would disperse the funds. The squad still gets part of those proceeds.”

The cost to enter is $280 per four-man team. Sager explained the tournament’s format, including some exceptions if a team is short a player.

“It’s four man captain’s choice; it’s best ball,” he said. “We play 18 holes… You can play with three if you don’t have a foursome, you can play as a 3-man scramble too as captain’s choice. If you don’t have that fourth person, you just rotate that shot each time.”

Typically 10 to 15 teams enter the tournament, Sager said, and the proceeds are an important source of funding for the squad.

“It helps with trucks and different things, building upkeep, training equipment, anything we can use to help the organization,” he said. “The Rotary helps us on it too. They usually try to find us some teams. … The rescue squad is there for everybody but to be able to give back to the community a little bit with things that we’ve raised and the good of a child going to college, it’s a big deal for us.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com