Above Par Fundraiser


Deqlyn Buttrey, Editor

On April 19, 2019, the Rogers Heritage Booster Club hosted a four-man scramble golf tournament at the Creeks Golf Course in Cave Springs. Each team paid to enter the tournament to compete in the overall play and hole-in-one competition, as well as a silent auction for items that the Booster Club and their sponsors were offering. Students, faculty, and residents of the Northwest Arkansas community traveled to play in either the morning or afternoon flight of the tournament.

Head baseball coach Mitch Cameron launched in the morning flight of the competition while having a game against McDonald County later that day. “I did not [prepare differently]. It was one of those where I separate both games, so I thought that it wouldn’t hurt or help them either way,” said Cameron. Alec Almeida, junior on the baseball team, also launched from the morning session. In regards to the itinerary that day, “I wasn’t all that surprised he let us play, because it was a Booster Club activity that everyone needs to be a part of, even if you have a game,” Almeida said.

Jim Davis, principal of Heritage, also joined in, launching at the PM tee times. The outcome of the fundraiser exceeded expectations. “I would consider this a huge success, and I think this is a great opportunity to get staff involved and students involved, as well as parents and other vendors,” said Davis. “Anytime you can get a large group together for a community event and also raise money for our students, it will always be a success.” This event was worth far more than money, however. “I believe the Booster Club has created a larger vision, and that vision is to coincide all of our athletic programs and administration to provide the very best opportunity for our students,” said Davis.

The event also strengthened the vision of Heritage. “I think it encourages people to play multi-sports. If our school is going to change its culture, I think our athletes should be multi-sport athletes,” said Cameron.

The goal is to make this an annual event for the Booster Club here at Heritage. “I believe the vision for the future years would be to double the amount of golfers. It would be great to double the amount of prizes that are given away,” said Davis. “It would be ideal to eat at the same time afterwards to share our vision with everyone so that they can all buy into it.”