Ronald Hunter, left, putts while Broderick Smith looks on during Saturday’s Bridge Crossing Jubilee Golf Tournament at Valley Grande Golf Course. -- Robert Hudson
Ronald Hunter, left, putts while Broderick Smith looks on during Saturday’s Bridge Crossing Jubilee Golf Tournament at Valley Grande Golf Course. -- Robert Hudson

Jubilee golf tourney raises funds for scholarships

Published 10:06pm Saturday, March 9, 2013

While last weekend’s day at the golf course was rescheduled due to inclement weather, golfers were welcomed by wonderful weather on Saturday for the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee Golf Tournament.

The Selma Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. hosted the 8th Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee Golf Tournament on Saturday at Valley Grande Golf Course.

James Darin Pope, Polemarch for Selma Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., said the golf tournament goes along with celebrating the Jubilee and raising money for scholarships.

“For one, it goes along with the Bridge Crossing Jubilee, but also we do it in conjunction with our scholarship program,” Pope said. “We end up giving the scholarships to young men who are high school graduates from Selma High School, Keith and Southside.”

Pope said it’s important to help give back through scholarships to help young men pursue their goals.

“It’s very important because looking through our Guide Right program, we have Kappa Leagues established in the high schools in Dallas County and Selma City Schools,” Pope said. “We think it’s very important that we give back to those young men who are doing very well, but also need a little extra help with their books, extra help with going to school and furthering their college careers. So we want to help out with those efforts. We are college graduates ourselves, so we want to make sure we give back to the young men in Dallas County and Selma.”

Despite having to postpone the event to this weekend, Pope said it still turned out pretty well.

“We have ten teams today. It’s going pretty good. We started at 8:30 a.m. and things went pretty good. The players had a good time and we’ve had a ball here as well,” Pope said. “Because we rescheduled due to inclement weather, we do have less players than years past. In the future, we’re going to think about the date and probably change it up from where we are now.”

Bruce Barnes, past Polemarch of the Selma Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., said the tournament turned into a good time.

“The event has went real well. It was scheduled for last week during the Jubilee, which we had inclement weather and we had to reschedule for this day, so the weather turned out to be real beautiful,” Barnes said. “We lost a few teams that get a chance to come back, but we ended up with ten teams, so we had a good time.”

Gregory Rudolph, Vice Polemarch of the Selma Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., said he’s grateful for those who came back to enjoy the tournament.

“The event turned out good. We always want golf to be enjoyable and not miserable, and last Saturday it would have been miserable. We do have some dedicated people who came back to play the tournament with us and we really appreciate them playing with us,” Rudolph said. “As always it’s been an enjoyable event to come out with the Bridge Crossing Jubilee celebration.”

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