Golf tourney to raise money for Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 03:33 PM.

Each year, a golf tournament to raise scholarship funds for children of Marines and Navy corpsmen continues to grow, and sponsors hope this year will be no different.

The 15th annual “Carolina Classic” will be held Oct. 19 and 20 at Camp Lejeune on the Gold Course and at Cherry Point at the Sound of Freedom golf course. The two-day tournament is part of a nationwide effort to provide scholarships through the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

Tom Braaten, co-chairman of the Carolina Classic, said he expects the two days of golf will draw more than 220 golfers from individuals and company teams to Marines, sailors and veterans.

“We are hoping to raise a good chunk of money to keep the scholarships going,” Braaten said. “We hope to raise about $150,000.”

So far the Carolina Classic has raised $1,712,467 as part of the scholarship program. Those funds helped generate $4,555,474 worth of scholarships for North Carolina students, Braaten said.

“We are getting four-to-one for what we raise, which is great,” he said.

When the scholarship tournaments started at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point in 1998-99, it helped benefit 42 students in North Carolina. Last year, the tournament benefited 213 students, Braaten said.

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