The Dr. Fredrick Kennedy scholarship foundation hosted their third annual golf tournament on June 20 at the Skylinks golf course in Long Beach. The event originated from Kennedy’s love for golf.
“So he said ‘let start having a golf tournament?’” said John Rabun, Jr., the marketing and sales coordinator of the event. “The first golf tournament was held in 2002.”
The Fred Kennedy Golf Classic went into hiatus until August 2014. This year, the event consisted of 46 golfers and 20 volunteers, according to Rabun, Jr.
Long Beach councilmen Dee Andrews came and spoke at the event. This year’s Golf Classic included a banquet, an auction and a raffle. During the banquet, the winners of last year’s Golf Classic received their trophies and the current participants also received awards.
“We auctioned off a very expensive golf club, a thousand dollar golf club,” Rabun said. “We get a lot of donations that we can auction off.”
All participates received a prize, whether it be a golf club, sleeve of balls or gift certificates. The golfers received a goodie bag that included a hat and water. Restaurants like TGI Fridays and Subway provided donations to the Classic.
“That’s what really makes you feel good when you can really resonate the message to a lot of these businesses and they can say ‘Alright, it’s a good cause,’” Rabun said.
The Skylinks is an 18-hole golf course, the tournament started early in order to avoid the heat. Participants played modified Best Ball where all the golfers started at the same time, but at different holes.
“The best part of it was that everyone finished at roughly within five or 10 minutes of each other,” Rabun said.
“You just saw the smiles and the high fives even though it was 92 degrees out there.”
The mission of the foundation is to provide scholarships to students who attend Enterprise and Vanguard middle schools with the hope that the scholarship will be an incentive to the recipient to finish high school.
Kennedy was the first African American to teach at Enterprise Junior High School in 1953 and the first African American to be assistant principal of Vanguard Junior High School.
Students who earn the scholarship can only use the money after they graduate from high school and decide on what school they want to go to.
“It’s really beneficial for the students to continue what they started and finish,” Rabun said. “When they finish, they’ll have some money.”