Irish Golf Scramble set for May 12 at Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club
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The inaugural Irish Golf Scramble is held May 12 at Scottsdale’s Silverado Golf Club with hopes to raise funds for two local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based here in the Valley of the Sun.
The Killarney Committee of Scottsdale Sister Cities Association and the Valley’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire will share the proceeds to benefit their programs for ‘Educating World-Class Ambassadors of Friendship and Goodwill’ through golf.
For SSCA, funds will support the Inaugural Scottsdale-Killarney Student Golf Exchange with Scottsdale high school golfers traveling to Killarney in June 2023, and Irish student golfers visiting Scottsdale in October-November.
And under the auspices of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire, the Arizona Colleen will visit Arizona’s Irish sister cities this summer as an ambassador of the state’s businesses and the Irish diaspora.
Registration is now open for golfing foursomes or singles. And sponsorships are available to businesses or individuals wishing to support the mission of the effort HERE.
“We are honored to partner with St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire which has been creating the Greenest Day in the Desert for 40 years, as we strive to build the Irish Scramble into a signature event in the Valley,” said JoAnn Garner, SSCA’s chair of the Killarney Committee.
“We welcome people of all ages and golf skill levels to join the fun at this inaugural event,” added Jeff Aspland, president of the board of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire.
According to Ms. Garner, SSCA decided to organize the Student Golf Exchange with the Killarney Town Twinning Association because of the importance of the golf industry to both cities. The Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, founded in 1863 and home to four Irish Opens, will host the student matches in Ireland.
“And the youth ambassadors will have many opportunities for cultural excursions on both sides of the exchange,” said Ms. Garner, “along with volunteering at a local charity. It can be a life-altering experience!”
Since 1983, the Arizona Colleen program has connected not only the Arizona Irish community, but the global Irish diaspora through events and awareness.