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Tech Council looking for golfers to tee up

The Carroll Technology Council is interested in more than just the links on the web: On May 15, the nonprofit will host its 10th Anniversary Golf Tournament at The Links at Challedon in Mount Airy.

The tournament is a fundraiser for the Tech Council, and the 18-hole outing will include a 50/50 raffle, prizes at certain holes, sponsorship opportunities and a post-tournament barbecue, according to President Gary Ditto.

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"We definitely have room for additional golfers, and you can sign up as a single, twosome, threesome or foursome," Ditto said. "There are some good golfers that show up and then there are some total novices that show up so it's balanced. Some just show up for the barbecue ... It's a fun day."

Tournament check-in will be at 7:30 a.m., and play will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., according to Ron Harrington, chairman of the Tech Council Golf Tournament committee. A putting contest and barbecue will follow the tournament at or around 1:30 p.m., depending on the progress of play on the links.

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"We like to get the rounds completed within five hours," Harrington said. "Once the rounds are complete, we have a barbecue, which consists of hamburgers, hot dogs and potato salad and stuff like that. It's catered by Santoni's [Marketplace and Catering]."

The tournament features a number of opportunities to win cash prizes, including two $10,000 money holes any golfer scoring a hole-in-one can win $10,000, according to Harrington. Golfers will also be able to purchase tickets for a 50/50 and a "Par 3" raffle.

"If a player buys a ["Par Three"] ticket and hits their ball onto the green, that ticket goes into a pot. It's a winner take all drawing for the pot," Harrington said. "Last year it was pretty substantial; the winner took almost $1,000."

There will be no registration available on the day of the tournament and golfers interested in participating should contact Kati Townsley, administrator for the Tech Council at 443-244-1262 or register online at

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by May 12.

The largest fundraiser for the Tech Council, the tournament raised $15,250 last year, according to Townsley, monies that went to fund the council's operations and community programs.

While the Tech Council provides its member businesses with support and resources for technology issues, it also provides education and even special assistance to the public, according to Townsley. The organization hosts seminars on technology-related topics for businesses and the community throughout the year and through its CompuKids program, distributes free computers and Internet access to low-income students identified through Human Services Programs of Carroll County.

"We accept computers from the community, from businesses or personal donations, and our volunteers will rehab them and we give them out," Townsley said of the CompuKids program. "We are in our 10th year, and we hope to hit the milestone of 1,000 computers given out to date this year. Funds raised from the golf tournament could help a student receive their first computer."

The Tech Council does receive some funding from the state, and Carroll County Departments of Economic Development, according to Ditto, but he said the Golf Tournament has traditionally been the big fundraiser for operations and community programs. Coming out to the tournament will help raise money for good programs, he said, and will also be a lot of fun.

"If you are looking for a great day of golf, the weather has historically been really cooperative for us," he said. "If anyone is looking to play hooky they should come on out."

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