Golf for Education

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AMBOY — If you haven’t already, wipe off those golf shoes, bring plenty of balls and tees in your bag, gather your foursome, and sign up for the 28th annual Lyle Reuter Golf for Education event to take place on Friday, Aug. 4, at the Shady Oaks Country Club. 

This is the second of three fundraising events put on by the Amboy Education Foundation. Since 1991, the school district has been fortunate enough to have a group of local businessman and farmers whose only intent has been to provide funding. First spearheaded by Sylvan Leffleman and Lyle Reuter who went canvassing for donations from residents and businesses to the present day efforts of the current board, led by President Mark Becker. 

“We consistently get such a great response and participation for all of our events and this golf outing is no exception,” he said. 

Shady Oaks has been a fantastic partner since the inception of this affair and Becker remarked that “they take really good care of us.” About 100 golfers have teed it up for the last 10 years and are treated to a fun day and have the chance to win prizes like trips, golf accessories, and a once a year chance to show some skills on hole 17. 

“The Vaessen Brother’s Chevrolet of Sublette, have been wonderful and sponsors a package of 3 holes with the ‘Hole in One on the 17th if made for $25,000 toward a car,’” added Becker. 

Currently, there are 70 sponsors and according to Co-Chairman Kelly Klein who is responsible for coordinating the event there is always room for more. 

“We gladly welcome any and all who would like to sponsor,” she said. “Everyone that does gets their name at the tee boxes throughout the course. We are blown away by the community’s willingness to get involved and they understand that the monies raised goes for a variety of things including school supplies and enrichment.” 

This golf event generates between $14,000-15,000. The AEF has already allocated $30,000 for the upcoming year with $18,000 to be split by the elementary, middle and high schools. The rest goes to the school district and the one to one chrome book initiative. 

“The foundation has and continues to do a fantastic job and we are extremely grateful for their ongoing support,” said Amboy CUSD Superintendent Joshua Nichols. 

There is a lot of appreciation to what AEF puts back into the schools. “We put a very high value on providing the best opportunities for a quality education to all of the children of our community,” Becker proudly explained.   

One important announcement is the time change. In years past, the registration was at 11 a.m. with a noon start. This year registration is at 9 a.m. with a Shotgun start at 10 a.m. 

To register or become a hole sponsor please email kellyklein@gmail.com.