Tourney to raise battlefield funds

A new golf tournament fundraiser organized by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation is set to tee off this Saturday.

The first Battlefield Preservation Gold Tournament will be held at the Shenvalee Golf Course in New Market, with a “shotgun start” time of 10 a.m. Saturday. Golfers from each team will tee off from different holes simultaneously.

Foundation Director of Policy and Communications Rob Aitcheson noted that there will be 12 teams of four golfers who are mostly “local to the area” in this year’s tournament.

The foundation was shooting for 25 teams in the tournament. “We kind of set the bar high, not really knowing what the response was going to be,” Aitcheson noted. He said foundation members are “extremely excited” with the response.

Every penny from the $400 per-team — or $100 individual — entry fees will go toward battlefield preservation with the foundation’s district.

Aitcheson said they will not know exactly how much has been raised through entry fees and sponsorships until after Saturday’s tournament.

“Since this was the first time doing it, we weren’t really sure what would come out of it,” Aitcheson said, adding that the final tally will give the organization a gauging-point to “see about doing it next year or moving it to another resort.”

For participating golfers, the tournament has first, second and third place cash prizes of up to $800 and a hole-in-one challenge with prizes of a Honda Accord as well as $25,000.

The tournament, Aitcheson said, “was just something to just kind of break open the spring weather. Hopefully it cooperates.”

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com