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Kiwanis signing up players for Crush It for the Kids

By Staff | Oct 8, 2019

Registrations are being taken for a fundraiser to support college scholarships for island youth.

The Kiwanis Club of Sanibel-Captiva will host its second annual golf tournament, Crush It for the Kids, on Oct. 19 beginning at 9 a.m. at The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club on Sanibel. During the event, two-person teams will participate in both a nine-hole scramble and nine-hole best ball competition.

The proceeds from the tourney will benefit the Kiwanis Foundation Scholarship Fund.

President Aaron Pruss, event co-chair with Kiwanian Jason Smith, explained that the club organizes two major fundraisers each year – a spaghetti dinner and selling Diner’s Delight coupon books.

“We were looking for a potential, additional source of revenue to support our philanthropic endeavors,” he said of coming up with the idea for the golf tournament last year and hosting the inaugural event.

PHOTO PROVIDED Kiwanis Club of Sanibel-Captiva Board Members Eric Pfeifer, Jason Smith and Aaron Pruss meet with The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club General Manager Brian Kautz, second from left, to plan this year’s “Crush It For The Kids.”

Pruss added that most golf outings are a four-man scramble format.

“We all play in all of these scrambles all the time, and sometimes is just gets a little boring,” he said, noting that half of the course is best ball and half is a two-man scramble for the Kiwanis tourney.

“We thought mixing it up might spark people’s interest,” Pruss added. “Doing something a little bit different and fun.”

Last year, 76 golfers took part in the first-ever event, raising $10,000.

“I think we can handle more than that,” he said of participation in this year’s tournament.

Players can sign up as a team or individually.

“We’ll do everything we can to make sure you get matched up with somebody,” Pruss said of single players.

There will be awards and possible prizes for the winners.

New this year, the Sundial Beach Resort and Spa teamed up with the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce to match funding and support one, dedicated Kiwanis scholarship in the name of Phillip Starling, the resort’s former general manager.

“Those monies are going to be dedicated specifically to an individual with ties to Sanibel or Captiva, but more specifically to individuals with Sanibel or Captiva ties and ties to the Sundial,” he said.

Business partnerships as event sponsors also is a new element. Other major sponsors this year are Coastal Title, Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank, Cielo, Midland Trust and RLR Investments.

The entry fee is $100 per player, and includes lunch at The Dunes after the tournament.

If there are still openings day of, registrations will be taken at the event.

“We’re not interested in turning anybody away,” Pruss said.

The public is encouraged to sign up.

“It’s a really good way to make an impact in the local community,” he said. “We do a lot of good all over the island, from supporting local athletic programs for the elementary- and middle-school children to art programs. We fund several off-island charities that touch kids on the island.”

“A lot of people don’t realize how many kids in need we have on Sanibel. Our focus is working with and helping those who reside and work in our community,” Pruss added. “This (the golf tournament) is a very easy and fun way to help those folks out.”

For more information or to register, call the Pfeifer Realty Group at 239-472-0004.

The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club is at 949 Sand Castle Road.