14th Annual Laura Laws Memorial Golf Tournament set for September 21
BY MEREDITH COLLINS
After Statesville resident Laura Laws passed away suddenly in 2003, members of the community worked to create an event to honor her memory by making a difference in the lives of others.
“Laura was just a wonderful, wonderful person who was child-focused,” Rotary Club member Chris Bates said. “She was a tremendous golfer and had won multiple championships at the Statesville Country Club. She played golf at Wake Forest for four years. We got together and wanted to find a way to honor her and her memory.”
The Laura Laws Memorial Golf Tournament is now in its 14th year.
“When we started this tournament, we weren’t sure where it would go, but it’s been wildly successful,” Bates said. “We’ve been very blessed.”
This year’s tournament will be held September 21 at the Statesville Country Club. The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Statesville/Fourth Creek Community Fund.
Throughout the tournament’s history, the event has raised over $500,000.
“The beauty of it is that minus our expenses to run the tournament, all proceeds stay in Iredell County,” Bates said.
Proceeds go to fund local scholarships for high school students. Each year, organizers also pick two nonprofit beneficiaries. This year’s beneficiaries are Power Cross Ministries and Children’s Hope Alliance.
“One of the reasons I think we’ve been able to be successful is there are several ACC basketball legends like Phil Ford, Al Wood, Dereck Whittenburg, Tommy Burleson and Bobby Cremins, who put this event on their calendar and year after year come for free.”
Corporate and individual sponsors also allow the event to sustain their level of giving. Sponsorship options range from $100 to $3,000. A foursome can pay $750 to participate; the fee includes lunch, drinks on the course and dinner that evening.
“Our goal this year is to raise $60,000 and I feel pretty comfortable we will be able to do that,” Bates said. “It’s really turned into more of an event than just a golf tournament. We do live auctions, have a dinner that evening with a live bluegrass band performing. It’s amazing the number of people who have stepped up to make this a great event.”
Same-day registration begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning, September 21, at the Statesville Country Club. Organizers ask that participants register in advance by September 14, if possible.
For information, contact Chris Bates at email@example.com or 704-928-6757.