Committee Hopes for Record-Breaking Golf Tournament

The 19th Annual IBERIABANK/BRTC Foundation Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Friday, October 5, at Rolling Hills Country Club.  Tournament planners have challenged themselves to raising a record amount of funding this year, the 19th for the event, according to Dina Hufstedler, chair of the golf tournament.  The two-person scramble, underwritten and supported by IBERIABANK, is the largest fundraising event for BRTC, providing funding for scholarships and other needs of the students.

“We hope to exceed last year’s record amount of $31,025 in net proceeds,” Hufstedler said.  Event planners have added something new to aid in meeting that goal, she explained, including the chance to win a stay at a beautiful beach house with private pool and great views in the Gulf Shores area, courtesy of Brenda McDonald.

This and other great prizes will be awarded through the event’s new golf scratch-off cards.  Cards will be sold for $5 each or five for $20 and can be purchased from any Foundation Board or Tournament Committee member.  They will be sold prior to the tournament as well as the day of the tournament at RHCC.  Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, determined by the lowest scores on the cards.  Winners will be announced during the 19th Hole After-Party following the tournament.  The 19th Hole After-Party is sponsored by IBERIABANK and will feature the band Chillyrose.

The format of the tournament is the same as in previous years.  There are two separate rounds of the tournament, which each stand alone.  Tee-off times are 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Players are asked to report to the registration area 15 minutes prior to tee-off time to hear announcements.  Cash prizes are awarded to the top three teams in the Championship, A, and B flights of each round.  Cash prizes are also awarded for closest to the pin on the par 3’s.  The grand prize for a Hole-in-One on #15 is a 2012 Chevrolet truck, compliments of Baltz Chevrolet-Olds in Pocahontas.

Team entry fee is $100, which includes two mulligans for each team member.  The entry fee also includes a free barbecue lunch and eligibility for door prizes drawn after each round.  Golf cart rental is $25.  Teams can also purchase their drive on Hole #4 for $10.

“Without the cooperation and support of so many individuals, the tournament would not continue to be successful,” said Hufstedler.  “We appreciate all supporters and are grateful to IBERIABANK for their partnership in this annual event.”

For anyone interested in being a sponsor of the tournament, there are three levels of sponsorship – Three-Star for $500, Two-Star for $250, and One-Star for $125.  A sign bearing the logo and information of the sponsor will be placed along the course from Thursday prior to the tournament through the following Monday.  The size and location of the sign are dependent upon level of sponsorship.  The three-star sponsorship also includes a team entry fee and golf card rental, if needed.

“The continued generosity and support of IBERIABANK and other businesses and individuals, is greatly appreciated,” said BRTC President Dr. Wayne Hatcher.  “The tournament not only is an important source of funding for scholarships, but it’s a fun event that brings together members of our community.

Anyone wishing to be a sponsor or participate in the tournament can contact Hufstedler at 870-248-4000, ext. 4187 or