The Majestic Park Scholarship Fund has partnered with Hot Springs Country Club to host the inaugural Majestic Park Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament on November 4th.
Majestic Park is the newest baseball league location in the heart of Hot Springs, and the Majestic Park Scholarship Fund is its own entity that provides aid to children in need.
“The fund board has decided to do a fundraiser,” said Majestic Park general manager Derek Phillips. “We’re going to have a golf tournament at the country club and we’ve had a lot of great responses and great sponsors.”
Scholarship requirements are based on income and the number of children in a household. After the board reviews the application, the board determines whether the scholarship will be awarded.
In Majestic Park’s first year of operation, the scholarship fund distributed 81 scholarships.
“We sponsored through the scholarship fund every child who applied,” Phillips said. “It ended up being 81 children. These funds are strictly for the scholarship fund. The money is not related to Majestic Park’s money. It is its own fund and is managed by its own The fund had enough scholarship money for everyone and that’s what the board decided to do last year.”
Funds help children play at Majestic Park.
“The golf tournament is to raise money,” Phillips said, “for a scholarship fund for kids to sign up for and help them get equipment each season at Majestic Park.”
The tournament is still accepting teams for the event. It costs $125 per player and the prize includes green fees, a cart, shooting balls, gifts and first through third place winners receive prizes.
“We had a great turnout on sponsors,” Phillips said. “We had 24 course hole sponsors and two title sponsors and we have 20 teams at the moment. We will have a very successful tournament.”
The tournament begins with a shotgun tee off at the Arlington course at 10:00 a.m. with lunch served on the course.
Teams will be in a four-way scramble format with prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive and holes-in-one.
“We’re thrilled,” Phillips said. “We’ve had a lot of interest and support for this and the scholarship fund. We had our first season last year.”
All proceeds from the golf tournament will go directly into the scholarship fund and are specific to children participating in Majestic Park.
“With scholarships like this every year, if we had more applicants, the process would be more scrutinized,” Phillips said. “With the number of applicants and the money we had, it was a good thing to offer a scholarship to everyone. This fundraiser is going to be so important for that.”
Fundraisers like the golf tournament will give the council more scholarship opportunities for more players by growing the fund with profits.
The decision to have a golf tournament was a natural decision in Hot Springs.
“Golf is fun and it’s an easy event to do,” Phillips said. “Golf is something different from our normal. We chose golf over doing a baseball tournament because we already do so many baseball tournaments for the park. We wanted to do something outside of the park and involve the whole community. It’s just a great way to give the community something fun to do.”
The golf tournament allows the community to be more active than watching a baseball tournament at Majestic Park.
“Barry Howard is the General Manager of Hot Springs Country Club and he is a pleasure to work with,” said Phillips. “They’re very accommodating. We’ve moved the dates around a few times. They’ve been very good to us. We’re delighted to be playing there.”
In a short time, Majestic Park has quickly become a fixture for the youth sports community in Hot Springs, and this golf tournament will allow a community that loves youth sports to continue supporting the cause.