Charity Classic tees off at Buffalo Dunes

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The fifth annual Garden City Charity Classic kicks off next week at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course.

The 54-hole tournament — part of the Symetra Tour, the official qualifying tour for the LPGA — begins Sept. 7 and concludes on Sept. 9.

A field of well over 100 players from the United States and around the world will compete for a $150,000 total tournament purse.

In 2017, Anne-Catherine Tanguay birdied three of the last five holes to come from behind and pick up her first win at the Classic.

After Garden City, golfers have three more tournaments to earn points before the Symetra Tour Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla., in early October.

Events start Tuesday, Sept. 4, with practice rounds all day and the Pairing Party and Auction that evening at Lee Richardson Zoo.

Wednesday will feature a Pro-Am during the day, followed by a reception that evening for high school and Symetra Tour players.

Buffalo Dunes will host a Junior Golf Clinic on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. Registration is still open for the clinic.

First round play for the Charity Classic begins at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, with the second round on Saturday. After the second round, the field will be cut to the top 60 and ties for Sunday’s final round play. The final round will start at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, with an awards ceremony following the end of the tournament. Every round is free to the public, so everyone is invited to come and watch.

Volunteers are still needed for the tournament for full or half-day shifts. Volunteers receive a free shirt, hat, food and drink and special thank you party following the tournament. Those who are interested in volunteering should contact Buffalo Dunes Golf Course at (620) 276-1210, or visit the City of Garden City’s website at www.garden-city.org/charityclassic.

Presented by the Mariah Fund, the Garden City Charity Classic began in 2014 and has helped raise more than $100,000 for charity. The proceeds for the 2018 tournament will benefit high school girls golf teams of the 22 counties in Southwest Kansas.

Girls from these schools have been actively participating in various aspects of the Charity Classic. They have gathered donations for the auction, will volunteer during the tournament and will have dinner with the entire field of Symetra Tour golfers. At the end of the tournament, each team will receive an equal split of the auction proceeds as well as a split of 60 percent of the overall tournament profit.