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For the past few years, she has become a golf enthusiast, combining her passion for the sport with her need to help children with cancer by creating the Schooner Fall Classic, a women’s collegiate golf tournament with a purpose.

“One of Tricia’s goals is to help support women’s golf,” said Juliet Nees-Bright, executive director of the Toby Keith Foundation. “She has fallen in love with the game and wants to do her part to help it grow in Oklahoma, so she’s decided to work with the University of Oklahoma and keep moving it forward by hosting the inaugural Schooner Fall Classic event.”

With 15 teams competing from colleges and universities including Arizona State University, Florida State University, Texas A&M University and the host school, OU, to name a few, the event runs Oct. 4-7 at the Belmar Golf Club, 4301 S. Sooner Rd. Admission is free, and spectators are welcome. All proceeds will help fund The Toby Keith Foundation, an Oklahoma nonprofit that raises money for children with cancer.

“Right now, what we are doing is building a home called the OK Kids Korral, a cost-free place for kids who are coming to Oklahoma City to receive cancer treatment,” Nees-Bright said. “They can stay inside the Korral, and all the services we offer are free of charge to the families.”

OK Kids Korral is located at the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and will open this fall.

Nees-Bright added that because this is a unique, one-of-a-kind event that hasn’t been done before, the foundation doesn’t have an estimate of how

much they’ll raise. They hope to raise at least $40,000, and that it is successful enough to become a premiere annual sporting event and a sustainable fundraiser for the organization.

“People need to come out and support the Schooner Classic,” Nees- Bright said. “It supports women’s golf, which is a continually growing sport in Oklahoma. I think it would be fantastic for people to come out and watch these young players doing what they love.

“But even more important is just showing support for the Toby Keith Foundation and OK Kids Korral by encouraging these girls to return next year. We really want them and their coaches to enjoy their time in Oklahoma, and we want Oklahomans to show them that we support what they do.”

Louis Fowler

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