Golf tournament Aug. 4 will help Habitat for Humanity

ROUSES POINT - Champlain Valley Habitat for Humanity can always use more funding, especially since breaking ground on their seventh house.

On Wednesday, Aug. 4, there will be a golf tournament at the North Country Golf Club, with a shotgun start at 12 p.m.

CVHFH president Harriet Burrell said the idea for the golf tournament actually came from Christopher Welch, the family for whom the seventh CVHFH home is being built.

"Our new homeowners that we're building for in Rouses Point, husband Chris Welch, works at the golf [course] and knows a great number of the golfers," Burrell explained. "It was basically the Welches' idea."

Although proceeds from the fundraiser will help CVHFH in general, as the Welch's home is the next to be built, most of the proceeds will benefit them.

However, the Welches aren't taking the back seat for this fundraiser.

"They're very busy getting golfers, getting sponsors, helping with the organizing and they'll be pretty busy the day of the golf tournament," Burrell said of Laura and Christopher Welch. "And, all these hours work toward their sweat equity."

Sweat equity hours is time the homeowners spend on the building of their home, as well as volunteering for Habitat. Both Laura and Christopher Welch will each have to put in 250 hours.

The tournament, which is a four-person scramble, will also consist of mulligans, a betting hole, and skins game. The day will also have prizes and contests as well as a 50/50 drawing. Cash prizes will also awarded to those placing in the top three, with the amount depending on the number of participants.

"It's a little daunting to me for the first time," laughed Burrell. "But, we're getting great support from the golfers and from the golf club itself."

Burrell added local businesses are stepping up to help as well.

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