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Kiwanis tourney on as planned

Despite a decreased field, the Kiwanis Club Golf Tournament will be held at Valley Grande Golf Course with a 12:30 p.m. start time on Wednesday.

The tournament follows a three-man scramble, best-ball format. The cost is $225 per three-person team. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. A $1,000 putting challenge will be held immediately following tournament play.

Proceeds go to the projects conducted by the Kiwanis Club of Selma. The Kiwanis Club is a non-profit organization that supports local charities and civic organizations. The Dallas County chapter’s projects include the sponsorship of the recent Dallas County geography bee.

Fifteen teams participated in the tournament last year, but the tournament has not hit that mark yet. With five days left before tee time, tournament organizer Paul Garner isn’t worried.

“The field is growing,” said Garner. “We still have more room for teams. Women are definitely welcome and encouraged to come.”

Garner says that there is room for up to 30 teams to participate, but acknowledges that the poor economy may lead to fewer participants than last year’s tournament. But, that will not alter Wednesday’s plans.

“We’re going to have a tournament regardless of that,” said Garner. “The only thing we can do is not have it, and who benefits from that?”

With Garner running the tournament, Valley Grande manager Rex Bible is particularly excited about the tournament’s potential.

“It’s going to be a fun afternoon,” said Bible. “With [Garner] running it, you’re going to have fun.”