Charity Golf Tournament to Be Held in Memory of Founder

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The Project Mend-A-House Kevin English Memorial Golf Tournament is renamed in honor of late board member.

On Saturday, April 27, Project Mend-A-House (PMAH) will host its fourth annual golf tournament fundraiser at Bristow Manor Golf Club. The local charity has named the event “The Project Mend-A-House Kevin English Memorial Golf Tournament” in honor and memory of its late board member, who chaired the inaugural tournament and recently passed away.

Kevin English was a graduate of Gar-Field High School, was very active in the local community, had been involved with Project Mend-A-House since 2000, and served on its board for seven years. Rich Beamer, who chaired the non-profit’s golf tournament for the past two years said, “Kevin was a PMAH supporter and volunteer for well over 11 years and it was his goal to see the golf tournament grow into a significant fundraising source,” said Beamer.

Bristow Manor Golf Club was chosen as one of Golf Digest’s 100 Top Places to Play from 1998 to 2001. It features zoysia fairways with bent grass greens and tees. The club is located at 11507 Valley View Drive, Bristow, VA 20136.

Players who register by April 12 will receive a discount price. On the day of the event, April 27, registration starts at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The registration fee includes cost of golf (greens fee and cart), plus driving range use, and a southern barbeque buffet after the tournament. Mulligans will be on sale during registration. The format will be Captain’s Choice/Scramble, meaning that players of all skill levels can play, compete, and enjoy themselves.

There will be competition prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, longest drive (men and women) and closest-to-the-pin (men and women). First and second place prizes include rounds of golf donated by Bristow Manor Golf Club. Additional prizes are in the works, and each participant will receive a goodie bag, and can participate in a 50-50 drawing, as well as raffles.

Prominent sponsors of last year’s tournament included Didlake Inc., Coleman-American Moving, Daniels Auto Care, Okra’s Restaurant, and Friends of Luke Torian. Other sponsors were Brothers Encore Pub, Famous Dave’s (Woodbridge), Bethel UMC and the Gar-Field High School Alumni Golf group, as well as a number of individual contributors. This year, Gar-Field Alumni Golf is the official Beverage Cart sponsor for the event.

Beamer is pleased to carry English’s work forward. “There’s no doubt that the big reason for the success [last year]was the groundwork and legwork that Kevin did.” The tournament chair expects this year’s event to be very well attended. “A lot of people have mentioned they appreciate the fact that we renamed the tournament in honor of Kevin,” Beamer said.

Project Mend-A-House director Andrea Saccoccia considered English a friend. Of his work in the community she said, “He was very supportive of Project Mend-A-House’s causes and cared deeply about our vulnerable clients…he was an outstanding member of the community who unselfishly served others.”

Tournament sponsors and other contributions are being sought to further raise funds and help defray expenses for the event. Those interested in playing or helping may contact Rich Beamer, 703-261-5040, 540-295-0673 or golftournament@pmahweb.org .

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