Cheney: Tournament to raise funds for Cherry Oaks

By Travis Mounts

CHENEY – The 18th annual Friends of Cherry Oaks Golf Tournament will take place on Sunday, June 24.

This year’s tournament is presented by Albers Finishing and Solutions, Lubbers Cars, Steve Seiler Construction and Citizens State Bank.

In nearly two decades of existence, the tournament has raised more than $300,000 to fund improvements at the Cherry Oaks Golf Course, the city-owned golf course on Cheney’s north edge.

Most recently, the course completed cement cart paths the last of its 18 holes. The plan is to use funds from this year’s tournament to pay off the debt related to the paths.

Kevin Fowler, director of golf, said future projects potentially could include additional trees, restrooms on the course, an expansion of the pavilion that sits northwest of the clubhouse, and a chipping/putting green at the pavilion

Over the years, projects that have been completed include the pavilion, planting of trees, sealing of the pond on Hole No. 16, and “lots and lots of concrete,” Fowler said.

The annual tournament is vital to the golf course’s growth and ongoing success.

“It’s extremely critical. If we don’t have this tournament, projects don’t get done,” Fowler said. He said fundraising tournaments are common at public golf courses.

There are two flights for this year’s tournament, which is a four-person scramble, with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. There is room for up to 50 teams.

A barbecue lunch will be served at noon. A silent auction will be held and includes autographed items from Wichita State, Kansas State and the University of Kansas.

The cost to participate is $85 per player or $340 per team. If you don’t have a full-team, organizers can place you on a team.

For more information, contact Mark Scheer at Cherry Oaks at 316-540-0133 or mscheer@cheneyks.org.