September 16, 2004

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

Northeast Missouri is becoming known as a hotbed for hunting and outdoor activities. But if chasing deer isnít your thing there are still plenty of other pursuits to fill your free time.

Nearly a decade ago volunteers put hundreds of hours into installing grass greens at the Memphis Country Club. Today Timber Ridge offers Scotland County a quality nine-hole golf course that draws visitors from around the region.

The same thing can be said for the Scotland County Speedway. While thereís not much similarity between golf carts and the late model racecars, the two facilities are linked. The racetrack is another example of community involvement. Volunteers helped rebuild the track, which has been offering weekly shows the past five years bringing race fans from the tri-states to Memphis.

Both facilities were made possible by volunteer help. The track and the golf course are boons to the community economy, bringing in tourism dollars.

Yet another similarity is the fact that both organizations depend on sponsor dollars to stay afloat. Every Saturday night race is sponsored by a local business or two, which receive advertising for their contributions. The same can be said for the golf course, which has advertising sponsors on every hole. The donors have an advertising sign on the tee boxes at the course.

The racetrack has sponsors for the junior fan club, boosters that help support the individual cars and drivers and even further financial support from patrons that help subsidize the paydays for the ace winners by contributing to the prize money.

Financial aid for the golf course comes in the form of prizes to be given away at golf tournaments, corporate patronage of special benefit events and contribution of chow for hungry hackers that have paid to play the local course.

Needless to say, without these benefactors neither one of these boons to the community would be able to function.

So, if you like to golf or enjoy watching local race action you need to remember these sponsors. These folks shell out money to make the track and the golf course possible. So when you are getting ready to shell out your money, why not make sure it is at a place of business that is helping support you. Better yet, make sure the places where you spend your money, know you would appreciate their future support of these two great community assets. The more sponsors the better.

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