Bent Creek Golf Course to host benefit tournament for Jackson police and fire

JACKSON, Mo. (KBSI) – When Brad Belcaster, owner/manager of Bent Creek Golf Course, recently visited his daughter and son-in-law, an idea sprung into his head.

His son-in-law, a former firefighter, was wearing a t-shirt from a hockey tournament in Virginia Beach, Va., which supported public safety personnel.

Belcaster decided to bring something similar to Jackson.

He explained to me what it was about, and I thought, ‘What a great idea. I mean, I could do that in golf and bring that to Jackson,’” Belcaster said. “So that’s how the idea started.”

On August 19, Bent Creek will host a four-person scramble golf tournament benefitting the Jackson Police Department and Fire Department, each of which will have a team. The travelling trophy will go to the team with the best score combined with the scores from the other 13 teams in their flight.

“That way, the public and the fire department or the public and the police department will determine the winner of the travelling trophy,” Belcaster said.

Belcaster said this tournament will provide an opportunity for community engagement in addition to fundraising.

“The idea is to support the police and fire, to try to engage with the community through a golf event in the hopes that we improve relations and we raise money for the causes that they’re working on,” he said.

Belcaster said there are challenges when it comes to first-year tournaments, but he anticipates this one being successful.

“It’s always more challenging in the first year, but I think we’ll have a great turnout and I think it’ll grow,” he said. “It’s for a wonderful cause and there’s a lot of support in the community for it.” 

The cost is $320 per team. Lunch will be served at 11:30 am with a shotgun start at 1 pm.

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