By Joseph Pratt
For the past 10 years, members of the Levy Campaign Committee for the Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities have arranged a golf scramble to raise funds for future levy campaigns.
“Our levy dollars are an important part of funding for the services we provide,” said Chad Phipps, golf scramble coordinator. “We cannot use tax dollars to advertise a levy. Should we ever need to pass a levy, we want to make sure we have money already in place that will help us share our needs with the public. The golf scramble helps us raise the funds for just that.”
As services continue to grow, the Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD) continues to manage resources and utilize dollars to provide excellence to those we serve. Without the support of the levy, a number of programs and services would not be possible.
The SCBDD has not asked for new tax millage since 2005. SCBDD successfully passed a renewal levy that did not add any additional millage, but continued a time-limited levy the voters had already approved. Currently, SCBDD provides services to nearly 700 individuals ranging from birth to adult. This number has risen significantly over the last few years and continues to rise.
“In 2006, we were serving approximately 450 individuals, and now we are serving nearly 700. We are providing services at the same level of local funding we were receiving in 2006,” said Matt Purcell, director of finance at SCBDD. “The voters approved a levy renewal in 2011, which continued one mill of funding that would have ended. Those funds, in addition to maximizing federal and state funding and making operational changes, are the primary reasons we have been able to provide the familiar programs and add new ones, despite serving more individuals and families.”
Phipps has been involved with the SCBDD Golf Scramble since its inception and says it is always a success for the board.
“We decided to start hosting these scrambles around the height of Tiger Woods’s career. We usually have enough people for about 20 games, which is kind of what we aim for,” Phipps said. “It is always just generally a fun day on the course with lots of prizes.”
Phipps says that the format of the game is typically a four-man scramble, which makes it more appealing to people of all backgrounds of golf.
The four-man scramble has every player hit from the teebox and then the team members choose the best of the four shots for the next shot. The players then play the second shot from that location. This process is repeated until a hole is completed. The team then records the score and maintains that format for all 18 holes.
“Having the game go like this, rather than a straight shot through 18 holes, makes it a little better to cater to people of all levels of experience,” Phipps explained. “You don’t have to be an expert to participate.”
Phipps also said that any single player can easily join and teams can be made.
The SCBDD Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Elks Country Club. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. and shotgun start is at 2 p.m.
Organizations and individuals can help support the event through various means: hole sponsorship, $100; skill prize sponsorship (such as longest drive, longest putt, etc.), $150, or by donating door prizes. Monetary donations are also welcome. Entry to play in the scramble is $240 for a team and $60 for an individual and sponsorship of a Special Olympian to participate is $60.
For more information about the tournament, contact Chad Phipps at 740-464-2236.
Joseph Pratt can be reached at the Portsmouth Daily Times 740-353-3101, EXT 1932, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.