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MLK Golf Tournament will be on Ricefields
City of Hinesville assistant city administrator Kenneth Howard smacks the ball toward the green in last year’s MLK Tournament. This year, the tournament has a new venue at Hampton Island’s Ricefields Golf Course. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

Sponsorship information

This year’s Gold Corporate Sponsors are: Jones, Osteen and Jones, KC Construction Company, PBS&J Consulting Firm and Hampton Island Preserve.
Gold Corporate Sponsor fees are $1,500 and include one team entry fee, logo included in promotional and advertising, one hole sponsor sign and recognition at tournament, Annual Scholarship Banquet and Full page ad in the 2010 MLK Commemorative Program.
This year’s Corporate Sponsors are: Jeff Arnold, Kenny Fusell Bonding, Brinkley Carpet, The Heritage Bank, Hank White Engineering, Sheriff Don Martin, Hinesville Ford, Virgil Jones and Osteen and Osteen.
Corporate Sponsor fees are $600 and include one team entry fee, one hole sponsor sign and recognition at tournament.
Team Sponsor fees are $300 and include one team entry fee.
This year’s Hole Sponsors are Brown Tax and Accounting and Quality Cleaners.
Hole Sponsor fees are $150 and include signage at a hole.

The Liberty County Martin Luther King Association announced its 5th annual MLK Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held at Ricefields Golf Course on Hampton Island on Saturday, April 18.
Last year, celebrity golfer and former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Steve Bartkowski played in the tournament at Cherokee Rose Country Club, where he announced the opening of Ricefields and invited the MLK Association to host their event there.
“He (Bartkowski) hosted our tournament last year and he mentioned the course on Hampton,” MLK Tournament organizer Kenneth Howard said. “Somehow, we were able to work with Hampton Island representatives Ron Leventhal, Steve Bartkowski and Leslie Weatherburn to secure Ricefields for the tournament and we feel it’s a tremendous opportunity for the MLK Association.”
Ricefields, a Davis Love III designed golf course stretching more than 7,200 yards, embraces the Hampton Island’s scenery and provides a challenging 18-hole championship series golf course.
Each year, the MLK Association awards several scholarships in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, a social activist, scholar, minister, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner. More than $25,000 in scholarships has been awarded since 2000.  Graduating seniors from Bradwell Institute and Liberty County High School are eligible to apply. 
The association is a nonprofit organization that receives its funds from local churches, businesses, private donors and proceeds from the annual golf tournament. 
According to Howard, there is still room for teams and sponsors.
“We have room for more teams,” Howard said. “We will limit it to 18 teams, but we are only halfway there now. Golf enthisiasts would love the course. It’s a very challenging course.”
Last year, the tournament raised around $10,000, enough for 10 scholarships.
“We are shooting for $15,00 this year then we’ll have 15 scholarships,” Howard said.
Tee time is 9 a.m. After the tournament, there will be a silent auction with items valued at up to $7,500 up for bidding. Additional prizes will be awarded for the longest drive and the closest to the pin and Hinesville Ford will give away a car for a hole-in-one at hole 17.
“Velma (Tyler) is the chair and has done an tremendous job in leading this effort,” Howard said. “Joe Ford, Charles Fraiser, Daisy Jones and myself have been working behind the scenes, but she keeps this thing going for us.”
Howard said MLK Association president Alvin Jackson ensures the success of the tournament by allowing his committee to get in there and get the job done.
For more information on registration or sponsorship opportunities, call 369-6744 or 876-3164.

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