SYCAMORE – Enjoying a day on Sycamore’s golf course can help a local student pay for college, thanks to a new partnership between the park district and Sycamore School District 427.
A new park district scholarship will award $500 to a senior at Sycamore High School looking to enter the fields of horticulture, forestry, landscape architecture, turf management, sports management or golf course management.
The scholarship will be funded through the Charitee Hole-In-One Golf Program, which gives golfers who donate to the program a chance to win $1,000 if they hit a hole-in-one. For Sycamore’s course, the designated hole is No. 7.
Golfers who want to participate can pay $3 before any round in which they wish to try for the prize. A portion of the $3 goes to the National Charitee organization for the Fallen Patriot Fund, while the rest stays with the local cause it supports.
Kirk Lundbeck, superintendent of golf operations, said the course has sold more than 4,100 tickets this year and between 3,500 and 4,000 tickets last year, which was the first year the course offered the program.
He said the first scholarship would be awarded during senior night in late May and students could pick up applications at the high school in March.
“We plan on it being an annual thing,” Lundbeck said. “The more people that get involved, the more money we will be able to give.”
Lundbeck said no golfer has hit a hole-in-one, but about 60 have hit the close-to-the-hole mark to win a $25 gift certificate for the clubhouse. Lundbeck is pulling for someone to win the $1,000 because it also results in a $500 donation from Charitee to the scholarship fund.
Kathy Countryman, superintendent for District 427, said the partnership is an example of how the two entities can further their respective missions.
She said the park district provides assistance for a student to receive a great education while the student can enter a field that will help the future of park districts and recreation services.
“The students of Sycamore are very fortunate,” Countryman said, adding the park district is just one of many organizations that support the school. “It is a very generous community.”
The Sycamore golf course is one of 75 courses in the country to participate in the Charitee program.