Lewisburg, Pa.- “Who’s the Biggest Dog in Your Foursome?” That’s a question the Donald L Heiter Community Center in Lewisburg is asking area golfers in its promotional material for the Third “Be Part of Something Great” Long Drive Contest.
Scheduled for Thursday evening, August 17th at 5:30pm at the 15th Tee of the Bucknell Golf Club, event coordinators hope to bring together the area’s biggest hitters to settle the question of who hits the longest ball for this unique fund raiser to benefit the Heiter Center in Lewisburg. BZ Motors in Lewisburg is the title sponsor of the event with an automotive theme.
It has been five years since the last time the Heiter Center did one of these. The 2012 event raised over $17,000 for the Lewisburg charity that last year served over 4500 people from the four county area through programs like their summer day camp and after school programs for kids and other social and recreational programs for all age groups.
Mifflinburg Police officer Tracy Fetterman was the winner in 2012, blasting a drive of 304 yards in the finals. As defending champion, he will automatically advance to the finals against what he hopes will be a field of strong challengers. Competition will be in four divisions for both Men and Women; An Open Division (8 finalists), Senior Division (Over 50 years old- 4 Finalists) and Junior Division (4 finalists age group 18 and under) and a Women’s Division.
To enter, golfers are encouraged to identify fellow golfers who really hit a long ball. Each contestant must raise a minimum of $250.00 in sponsorship pledges from friends, family, fellow golfers and businesses. They don’t have to come up with the funds themselves but there is an incentive for the finalist that raises the most sponsorship dollars to benefit the Heiter Center Annual Fund. Whoever secures the most in sponsorship pledges (The Big Dog) will win a week’s vacation in North Myrtle Beach for the winner and family or golfing buddies at a 4 bedroom, four bath luxury condo.
Depending on the number of entries, there may be a preliminary round to narrow the field for the finals.
“It’s been five years since we did this and it was so much fun and was enjoyed by a lot of spectators”, commented Jeff Ranck, a co-chair of the event with, Dr. Gale Reish. “We are really excited about this year and hope that golfers really get behind their “Big Dog”, raise a lot of money for the center and try to win that trip to Myrtle Beach”, he added.
Ranck said that CJ Tyler has entered the competition. Tyler and his partner Austin Renz recently successfully defended their title at the Williamsport Invitational. Ranck said Tyler is bigger and stronger than he was 5 years ago and hits it a mile.
Ranck said that the finals on August 17th will again be set-up to accommodate spectators, complete with concessions and bleachers. Individual sponsors who pledged $1.00 per yard or more will have preferred seating at the finals The deadline for entries is, August 7th. Entries are available online at www.donaldheiter.org .