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Scramble raises money for scholarships

By: ToLewis
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Golfers from Rocklin and beyond got suited up Friday afternoon to help raise money for graduating seniors from Rocklin high schools. The 14th Annual Scramble for Scholars got going a little later this year than in years past with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Whitney Oaks Golf Club in Rocklin. “I think it was wildly successful,” said Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman Todd Lowell. “This has really grown to be an event of stature in the community because it supports scholarships for the high school seniors.” The event has been put on by the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce for 14 years now and has become one of the most recognized fundraisers in the community. “One of my objectives as chairman this year is to really elevate this to be the signature golf event in the community so it continues to increase the proceeds that we can use for scholarships for seniors,” Lowell said. Last year, the event raised $26,000, giving 26 graduating seniors from Rocklin and Victory High Schools each $1,000 scholarships for college. This year, the Rocklin Chamber increased the goal to $30,000, Lowell said. “We were a little worried if people would be receptive and supportive with the elevated goal,” Lowell said. “I think at the end of the day when we finally calculate what was raised, we will hopefully exceed last year’s $26,000.” Lowell said the increased goal was partly to accommodate for the fact that Rocklin will have graduating seniors from all three of its high schools this year – Rocklin, Victory and now Whitney High School, which will graduate its first senior class in June. To improve the quality of play this year, Lowell said, event organizers limited the field to standard tournament size of 144 players and raised the entrance fee. Players were grouped into teams of four, with each team taking the best shot on each stroke. “The field ranges from the serious players out for low scores to recreational players out to support the cause,” Lowell said. Lowell said a team from Placer Disposal claimed the win with a score of 16 under par. The scholarships are available to any graduating senior who applies, Lowell said. Students will have their applications reviewed and will be called in for an interview. “Selection’s are made following that interview,” Lowell said. Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship and the goal is to give 30 scholarships this year, Lowell said. “There’s a continuing level of interest in participating and in sponsorship as well,” Lowell said. This year, Scramble for Scholars had two title sponsors – Wal Mart and Randy Peters Catering and Event Planning. “Wal mart is coming back to Rocklin and they are looking to be active community supporters,” Lowell said. “Education is one of their primary interest areas and so this was a great way to involve them in the community and plug them right into supporting education.”