GREENVILLE – Each of the past 23 summers, Dave Knapp Ford has agreed to donate a new car to the participant lucky enough to hit a hole-in-one on the designated hole at the Youth for Christ of the Miami Valley Golf Classic. Thus far, no one has claimed this prize. A Ford Focus is at stake this year.
June 24 is the date for the Youth for Christ outing, which will take place at White Springs Golf Club. There are wonderful prizes. Beside the possibility of a new car, there will be prizes for several golfing contests and many wonderful door prizes. Some of the best rewards are reserved for those who use the outing as an opportunity to greatly further the mission of Youth for Christ. Golfers in the YFC Classic have their choice of “paying to play” or collecting pledges to more significantly help area teens. Some raise hundreds or even thousands of dollars for the work of Youth for Christ and are rewarded handsomely for their efforts. This year’s top four fundraisers will choose between a golf trip at the Hueston Woods State Park Resort, two very nice golf clubs, a $100 Hibbett Sports gift card, and a $100 Ace gift card.
A second reason many golfers return to the YFC Classic each year is the delicious food that is served non-stop throughout the day. This also means that golfers aren’t asked to stay for a long program after the end of play.
Another fun feature in the tournament ensures that everyone who “goes the extra mile” for YFC will receive special treatment that makes their play a day to remember. While a team can register for as little as $350 and an individual can play for $100, those wanting to help even more can sign up for a “Gold Class Upgrade.” Those with a Gold Class Upgrade are entitled to everything received by other golfers, but will also receive a tournament golf shirt and exclusive amenities such as steak sandwiches, special side dishes, a gift bag, and free chair massage. Teams can register with a Gold Class Upgrade for $700 and individual golfers can have a Gold Class Upgrade by paying or raising at least $300.
Last year’s Classic raised more than $18,400 to help YFC reach area young people with the life-changing message for Jesus Christ. This year, more than 1,000 students have been involved in Youth for Christ programs.
The lasting benefit of the Youth for Christ ministry is what leads several dozen local businesses to provide sponsorship for the tournament, including the Littman-Thomas Agency, Fitzwater Tree and Lawn Service, and White Springs Golf Club who are providing the lead sponsorship this year. Several more golfers and business sponsors are still needed in order to reach this year’s goal of raising $20,000 to help local teens. Those interested in either of these opportunities should call Youth for Christ at 548-2477 or e-mail YFC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured are Dave Keiser, YFC Golf Classic committee member; Neal Crawford, executive director of YFC; Mike Snyder, YFC Golf Classic committee member; and Dave Knapp, owner of Dave Knapp Ford.