LARRY LARKIN

Sports Sunday Correspondent



Everything is on par for the upcoming third annual Steaks and Sticks Golf Tournament scheduled for July 14 at Heritage Hills Golf Course.

Close to 100 golfers are expected to tee off in the event, co-sponsored by Claremore Zebra Sports Foundation and Rogers County Youth Services.

Participants can spend the day on the links while having the opportunity to support the two organizations.

The tournament will follow a four-person scramble format. Entry fee is $260 per team, and fees are tax deductible.

Fees include green fees, cart, lunch and soft drinks. There will be both morning and afternoon tee times.

Trophies will be presented to the winning team, and for longest drive, closest to pin, etc. Various door prizes will also be presented.

The name Steaks and Sticks comes from the fact that golfers will put their sticks down long enough to partake of steak sandwiches.

The goal of this event, according to spokesman Sean Cox, is to raise awareness of the two programs and the impact these organizations have on the community.

Proceeds will be used to support the goals and missions of each organization, benefiting the youth of Rogers County.

Non-golfers may also have the opportunity to help on the tournament date. Cox said groups, businesses or individuals can be a hole sponsor. Hole sponsors will be displayed on a sign at a certain hole on the 18-hole course. Sponsorships are $100.

Rogers County Youth Services was started in 1976. It provides free services to families in Rogers County. Counselors work in every public school system and offer various prevention and early intervention counseling programs. It also offers a six-bed emergency shelter for teens.

Established in 2003, the Claremore Zebra Sports Foundation's goal is to provide improvements of athletic playing and training facilities. Working for male and female student-athletes, it strides to develop off-season training programs for injury prevention along with educational opportunities for coaching and support staff.

An upcoming project for the group, Cox said, will be providing scholarships for a trainer’s camp later this summer. Eight students who will serve as trainers during the school year will be the recipients.

The foundation's first project was to join the school in obtaining funds to place trophy cases in Frank Mobra Field House. The abundance of trophies accumulated by Zebra sports teams is now housed in one location. The wood and glass cases were built by Claremore resident Earl Hamilton.

Cox is the organization president. Others on the board are: Bret McGuire, vice-president; Robbie Nees, treasurer; and Peggy McGeehee, Dr. Gary Steinbrook, Audrey Webber, David Jones, Dr. Steve Hardage, Marty Quinn, Scott Grauer and Tracy Row.

"We continue to seek members who have a desire to help by involvement in our committees," Cox said.

For golf or sponsorship, telephone, Sean Cox or Bret McGuire, 342-3800, or Herb McSpadden, 341-7580.