By Josette Keelor -- firstname.lastname@example.org
One of its many fundraisers this year, the Half Lit Classic golf tournament will allow the Rotary Club of Front Royal to give back to the community.
The tournament will take place on Aug. 31 at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal, and co-chairs Kelley Miller and Rick Novak said it's something that Rotary has never done before.
What makes it unique is that it offers nine holes of golf during the day and another nine at night by the light of glow sticks and glow in the dark golf balls. In between an Italian dinner and beer tasting will take place.
"So it's a totally different type of tournament," Miller said.
The shape also is different, Novak said.
"You actually line the fairway with glow sticks," he said. The effect makes it look like an airport runway at night, he said.
"[It] has a distinctly different flavor," he said.
Each round of golf will offer a chance for a winner, they said, and winners will receive trophies from Jean's Jewelers in Front Royal, but "mostly bragging rights," Novak said.
August is Virginia Craft Beer Month, Miller said, "and that's what we're featuring at our beer tasting."
Devil's Backbone from Nelson County and Starr Hill from Charlottesville will offer Virginia micro brews, Miller said.
"We're trying to tie lots of interesting pieces into our golf tournament to separate ourselves from so many other golf tournaments out there," Miller said.
Participation in the tournament is $85, which includes both rounds of golf, beer tasting and food, but participation is not required to attend, Miller said. The Rotary also is selling tickets at $35 for dinner and beer tasting only.
Spots are still available for participants, and Miller and Novak stressed that skill level will not be an issue.
"This is a tournament that is for fun," Miller said, "so if somebody has not played in awhile, if you want to restart your golf, this is the event."
She said she drew inspiration for the Rotary's fundraiser from a tournament in Haymarket last year. That tournament had only the one round of nine hole glow in the dark night golf, she said.
"We thought that people would have a lot of fun doing this," she said.
"All the money that we actually raise, all the profits for this, the Front Royal Rotary actually donates back to the community," Miller said. Last year the club contributed $71,000 to the community, she and Novak said, to causes like high school scholarships, Doc Smith Christmas baskets, the humane society of Warren County and polio research.
Through its Polio Plus Program, Novak said, "Rotary, as a major organization, has been truly instrumental in helping to eradicate polio."
The local Rotary's biggest fundraiser of year is $10,000 Vegas Night, which raises about a third of the club's money each year, they said. This year, the event will take place Nov. 3.
"We kind of originated the Vegas night stuff," Miller said.
A club since 1926, the Rotary Club of Front Royal currently is seeking new membership, Novak said.
"Always looking for good people."
The Half Lit Classic golf tournament will take place at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, at 134 Golf Club Circle in Front Royal on Aug. 31. For more information, call 660-9597, 631-4339 or visit www.frontroyalrotary.org.