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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - In eight weeks, golfers will be able to tee off in the 10th annual Sheriff James R. Metts Golf Tournament, which also is known as The Big Boy Open. The 2013 tournament will be held on Monday, September 9 at the Country Club of Lexington, 1066 Barr Road, Lexington.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts encourages citizens and businesses to participate in the golf tournament. Space in the tournament is limited to 30, four-member teams.

All proceeds from the golf tournament benefit the James R. Metts Endowed Scholarship at Charleston Southern University, Metts said. In awarding scholarships from the endowed scholarship fund, the university gives preference to students from Lexington County.

The entry fee for the James R. Metts Golf Tournament is $350 per team, or $87.50 per player, Metts said. The fee includes green fees, golf cart fees, range balls and a buffet dinner. Each golfer also can buy a “Hacker Packet” at a cost of $20, with the packet including two mulligans, one throw and one red-tee buster.

A corporate sponsor package can be purchased for $500 and includes entry fees for one team, a sponsor sign that will be posted at tee boxes at two holes on the golf course and recognition in the tournament program, Metts said. Sponsor signs also can be purchased at a cost of $75 per sign for first-time participants and $50 per sign for repeat participants. The signs will be placed at tee boxes on the golf course.

Checks for entry fees, corporate sponsorships, sign sponsorships and donations should be made payable to: The James R. Metts Endowed Scholarship Fund and mailed to P.O. Box 594, Lexington, S.C. 29071, Metts said. Fees and sponsorships for the golf tournament as well as donations for the scholarship are tax-deductible.

Metts said citizens who want additional information about the golf tournament can call Robbie Lint at his office at (803) 785-2481 or on his cell phone at (803) 223-1283 or Karen Gabert at her office at (803) 785-2505 or on her cell phone at (803) 606-8180.

Seven Charleston Southern University students currently receive scholarships through the James R. Metts Endowed Scholarship, Metts said.

“Our goal for the 2013 golf tournament is to raise enough money to finance at least one additional scholarship,” Metts said. “I am honored that businesses and golfers have so generously donated money to help us invest in the futures of worthy young people in Lexington County.”

As a result of the generosity of business owners and golfers, a total of $176,115 has been donated since 2004 to Charleston Southern University for the endowed scholarship fund, Metts said. The money reflected proceeds from the annual Sheriff James R. Metts Golf Tournament.

“As a former student who depended upon financial assistance in order to attend Charleston Southern University, I understand the importance of providing scholarships to worthy young people who want to pursue careers in the criminal justice field,” Metts said. “I greatly enjoy reading the letters and seeing the photos that scholarship recipients send to me.”

“The committee that organizes the golf tournament does a superb job each year in conducting a fun event that benefits a great cause,” Metts said. “I know the Endowed Scholarship makes a difference in the lives of the students who receive scholarships.”

Metts serves on the Charleston Southern University Board of Visitors. Metts also serves as an adjunct professor in the university’s criminal justice graduate program.

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