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The seventh annual Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament and Fundraiser raises money for kids in Worcester County's Recreation and Parks programs. 

(Sept. 27, 2019) The seventh annual Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament and Fundraiser is a chance to help youth in Worcester County Recreations & Parks programs. Check-in and lunch will begin on Friday, Oct. 4 at 11:30 at the Ocean City Golf Club on Country Club Drive in Berlin. 

The tournament is a four-man scramble. The shotgun will start at 1 p.m. 

All proceeds for the tournament will go toward the Worcester Department of Recreation & Parks Youth Scholarship Fund to assist children and families who otherwise cannot afford to participate in programs.

Deputy Director of Kelly Rados said programs include baseball, dodgeball, track, volleyball, fishing derbies, summer camps and numerous youth leagues. 

“It gives them extra things to do outside of their normal schedule and outside of school,” Rados said. 

In addition to exercise, the programs help with team building in a less structured setting, Rados said. Children who will specifically benefit from the fundraiser are those that also qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. The department will also assist families who home-school their children or who have toddlers and therefore don’t qualify in the traditional sense. 

“We don’t want any kids to not participate in a program because they can’t afford it,” Rados said. 

Brianna Goddard, program manager and marketing for Worcester County Recreation & Parks, added that it’s important for the department to help youth because the staff sees them so often.

Children in the programs come anywhere from Berlin, Pocomoke and sometimes out of state, according to Goddard. She also said that the programs focus on both social and physical aspects. 

“Meeting other kids their age and perfecting something that they like is definitely a benefit,” Goddard said. 

Rados added that the tournament is growing and that many other county departments and civic organization come back every year. 

“It’s a way to give back to the youth in your county,” Rados said. “Everything that is made here goes back to the kids that are right here in our program. If they’re trying to help out a kid or a league, this is the way to do it.” 

After the four-man scramble tournament, golfers can sit down to a dinner, a 50/50 raffle and an auction, as well as prizes for the tournament winners, according to Rados.

Businesses across the county donated prizes, baskets and gift cards for the fundraiser, including three gift certificates for golf trips. 

A few top sponsors are D3, Taylor Bank, Blue Water Development, American Legion Post #166 – Ocean City and American Legion Post #93 – Pocomoke. 

“It’s a great benefit to meet other people who all want to support the cause for underprivileged in the county,” Goddard said. 

Though the registration deadline is tomorrow, Rados said that they can take additional sign ups through Monday. Registration costs $75 per golfer. 

Online registration is available at worcesterrecandparks.org/calendar/event/7th-annual-tee-youth-golf-tournament or paper registration forms are at the Worcester Recreation center in Snow Hill at 6030 Public Landing Road. 

For more information, contact Kelly Rados at krados@co.worcester.md.us or 410-632-2144 extension 2502.

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