In honor of committee member and volunteer with 4-H Thad Bailes, the Vernon Parish 4-H club hosted their annual Golf Tournament Scholarship Fundraiser at the Leesville Municipal Golf Course on Saturday, September 15.

In the past, the event has been held at the Warrior Hills Golf Course on Fort Polk, although in light of the new renovations and improvements that have been made to the Leesville Municipal Golf Course, the club decided to host the fundraiser there instead.

“This is the biggest turnout we’ve had,” Extension Agent Kemberly Johnson said. “This year we have about 15 teams, and that amounts to about 60 people out there playing on the greens right now, it’s the largest amount we’ve ever had in the 12 years we’ve been doing this.

The fundraiser is in honor of Thad Bailes, a supporter of 4-H and an active member with the organization for 10 years.

The fundraiser serves as a means of raising money for graduating 4-H senior students who are looking to attend a university or vocational school.

All proceeds from the fundraiser are used to help support these students as they journey to discover their calling in life.

“All of our scholarships are based on leadership skills, community service and 4-H achievements that they’ve made throughout their time in the organization, so it’s a chance to honor them for all that they’ve accomplished now and all that they will accomplish in the future.”

“Kids, when they get out of high school, they really think they know what they want to do or where to go to school to look for that job, so this gives them a sense of direction,” Robbie Bailes, the late Thad Bailes wife, added. “A lot of the money is used to help graduates as they find their calling with vocational schools; any way we can help them find their calling is a great honor.”

The event saw participants playing a traditional 18 hole game across the greens of the course, with their tickets providing them with lunch, a golf cart and a door prize. It ran from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 15.