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Mirror Lakes Golf Course will end its long, historic run with a final tournament

April 18, 2018
By MELISSA BILL (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Golf lovers and residents alike are invited to take part in the last event to be held at one of Lehigh Acre's oldest and most prestigious golf courses: Mirror Lakes Golf Course. On April 21 the Kiwanis Orange Ball Classic will mark the final tournament to be held on the greens of this longtime, golfing landmark.

The upcoming tournament will benefit the Dean McNew Scholarship. Last year the tournament raised nearly $15,000 and event organizers are hopeful this year will be just as successful. Proceeds from the tournament go towards funding the college scholarship program, which is awarded to deserving seniors from local high schools.

"My husband Dean and I use to coach together at Lehigh Senior High School. When my husband passed away, we decided to create this scholarship program in his name. Each athlete has to be a senior in high school and apply to be considered for the award. This will be our sixth recipient," said Dawn McNew, tournament director and scholarship committee member.

According to McNew, the student receives an $8,000 scholarship to use for college. They must remain in good academic standing throughout the program to continue to receive the scholarship.

McNew who was formerly the varsity basketball coach at Lehigh Senior High School, now teaches physical education.

Entries for the tournament are limited to 120 players, so those who would like to take part should register soon.

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"Those who want to take part can come and play, bring a foursome, or just come out and be part of it. We will also be raffling off various items throughout the day," said McNew.

Tournament registration opens at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, with a tee off at 8 a.m. Registration includes practice balls, cart and green fees, Olive Garden luncheon, sliders from Texas Roadhouse, prizes and various contests throughout the day.

Players have chance to win awards including $10,000 cash for a hole-in-one, $2,500 cash prize putting contest, a set of Callaway Golf Clubs, two domestic airline tickets and week-long vacations.

According to David Deeetscreek, who oversees the property for its owner in Switzerland, the course will be closing for good by the end of the month.

Throughout the years Mirror Lakes has hosted PGA, State and junior tournaments. The club originally opened in 1958 as part of Admiral Lehigh Resort and then was re-founded in 1970 with a new name and look.

Those interested in becoming part of history can register to play in the tournament today. Fees are $75 per single entry and $250 for a foursome. For more information please contact Nick Dysert at 239-693-5353 ext. 210. Lehigh Senior High School or mail at nicholasjb@leeschools.net

 
 

 

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