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Devils hosting fundraiser scramble
SHS golf
The Statesboro High golf team heads to the range at Forest Heights Country Club last February. - photo by Special to the Herald

    The Statesboro High golf team has sent its boys squad to the state finals in each of the last two seasons.
    With interest on the rise and a program that seems ready to bloom, the Blue Devils are looking for some community support for the upcoming season.
    On Monday, Oct. 13, Statesboro Golf will be hosting a four-man scramble as a fundraising event at the Georgia Southern University Golf Course. The cost for entry is $100 per player and open slots — as well as hole sponsorships — are still open for purchase.
    “This tournament used to be a big event,” SHS coach Sam Rogers said. “Over the last few years, some things have gone against us. There has been some coaching turnover and some bad weather that hurt attendance, but we really want to build this back up.”
    All profits from the event will help fund equipment and travel expenses for both the boys and girls squads this spring.
    Both teams are currently set for six tournaments, with region championships, sectional qualifying, and state tournaments potentially adding to the cost of travel and overnight stays at far-off locations.
    “We don’t have the luxury of being able to collect money for attendance like some other sports,” Rogers said. “Hopefully, we’re going to have some teams that will be good enough to travel around the state at the end of the season. We appreciate all of the support we can get in helping to send them.”
    Last season was easily the best in program history.
    While both squads qualified to participate in the state team finals, Sarah Jane Bowers went on to win the Class AAAA girls’ individual state championship, draining a putt on the third playoff hole to capture the title.
    All of that momentum has spurred on increased interest in the program. The girls’ team — which was nonexistent in 2013 due to lack of players — has a half-dozen prospective members for the coming spring while the boys’ squad projects to be able to field both a varsity and JV team.
    “It’s great to have this kind of interest and participation,” Rogers said. “A lot of these kids have played the game, but give it up for other sports in high school. Sarah’s win really fired up a lot of the students.
    “The increase in numbers is great, but that makes it all the more important that we’re able to support everyone who wants to play for us.”
    In addition to helping fund this year’s Blue Devils, scramble participants will have a chance to help themselves out as well.
    A pair of par 3s on the course will have prizes at stake and a hole-in-one will win a new car or a John Deere Gator.
    “That’s all thanks to some of our sponsors,” Rogers said. “A lot of businesses have stepped up to help and we’re very grateful.”
    For more information on playing or sponsoring the event, Rogers can be contacted at (912) 212-8860.

    Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9408.