First Tee Plans $1K Ball Drop

Posted: November 21, 2012

HARRISONBURG — The First Tee of Harrisonburg wants to sink a putt to make you $1,000 richer.

The nonprofit organization will host its first ball-drop fundraiser at 5 p.m. Nov. 29 at Heritage Oaks Golf Course on Garbers Church Road. For $5, you can purchase one of 1,000 golf balls that will be dropped from a front-end loader onto the putting green.

The first ball that goes into a specially cut hole on the green will earn someone $1,000. All proceeds will benefit The First Tee and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

The First Tee, which operates at the city-owned Heritage Oaks, teaches life skills to children through the game of golf.

Colby Horne, the organization’s interim executive director, said the normal holes used on the putting green will be plugged for the event, leaving just the specially cut cup. Each ball purchased will have a number on it.

To buy a ball, contact The First Tee at 437-4239 or the Boys & Girls at 434-6060. You do not need to be present at the event to win.

Horne, who became interim director earlier this year, doubles as The First Tee’s program director. He said the organization will “recharge” this winter to see if hiring a new executive director fits into its budget.

Executive Director David Passerell left The First Tee earlier this year to focus on another chapter he runs in Charlottesville.

The First Tee has three employees, including Horne. He said the goal is to have separate people serving as executive and program directors.

Contact Preston Knight 574-6272 or