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Morris Rotary plans first-ever golf outing

Golfers, sponsors still being sought to take part in competitive event Aug. 23 at Morris Country Club

The Morris Rotary Club is hosting its first Morris Rotary Golf Invitational on Friday Aug. 23.

“We have been looking at alternatives to the Ball in the Fall,” said Jim Ringer, Rotarian in charge of the golf event.

The Morris Rotary started replacing its Ball in the Fall event last year when it partnered with the First Midwest Bank Farm Fair Draw Down during the Grundy County Corn Festival.

This year, the drawn down will be with another organization, but Morris Rotary became one of the Morris Cruise Night beneficiaries.

The goal of the golf invitational is to raise about $2,000 between golfers and hole sponsors, said Ringer.

The invitational will begin at 1 p.m., with a 12:30 p.m. check-in Friday, Aug. 23, at Morris Country Club. Country club members can participate for $75, which includes the golfing and dinner at 6 p.m. For non-members, it is $100. Tickets are also available for dinner only for $25.

Hole sponsorships are still available, as well, for $120 a hole.

“All the proceeds go to Rotary’s General Fund for all of Morris Rotary charities,” said Ringer.

Morris Rotary annually gives out scholarships to local students, supports Girl and Boy Scout projects, and runs a Food for Kids program.

The Food For Kids Program provides bags of food for students in need to have meals and snacks over the weekend. The bags contain items that are nutritious, but that they can make themselves, such as instant oatmeal, applesauce, macaroni and cheese, and other items.

The golfing event will be a competition instead of a scramble format, but it will be a friendly competition. For those who would like to golf, but are not necessarily competitive golfers, they will be put into a special grouping that will be scored differently and, therefore, can still have a chance at winning.

Trophies and prizes will be awarded, and the winners will have bragging rights as the first winner of what is hoped to be an annual event.

“We’re hoping it will have a different flavor by having a friendly competition,” said Ringer.

To register for the Morris Rotary Golf Invitational, visit For more information or to sponsor a hole, email Rotarian Jim Ringer at

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