DEF’s annual golf classic set for Friday, Oct. 30th

Sunny skies and cool temperatures are predicted for everyone’s favorite annual charity golf classic: the Denison Education Foundation’s fun four-man scramble with proceeds earmarked for DISD’s award-winning students and teachers.

Hosted by the Denison Education Foundation, the October 30th annual golf tournament at Tanglewood (golfers can put their own teams together if they wish) will once again help fund enrichment programs and projects that benefit all current and future DISD school children through DEF classroom grants and scholarships. Registration starts at 7 a.m. followed by an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Organizers say the entry fee is still only $125 and includes a fun-filled day of golf, all golf cart and green fees, a picnic lunch, great raffle items that get bigger and better each year, individual contests throughout the course, and lots of great team and individual prizes.

“The great majority of our golfers traditionally sign up to play this week, so please go to www.denisonisd.net or call 903-462-7050 to register or to be a sponsor, ” said Lisa Crawley, Executive Director of the Denison Education Foundation and organizer of the event. “We have so many loyal sponsors who have been with us more than two decades, as well as numerous new sponsors who have joined us and are continuing the tradition of playing to support our Denison kids and teachers. I’m just so thankful for each and every one of them for their big hearts and unwavering loyalty.

Over the past two decades, DEF’s annual golf tournament has raised more than a ½ million dollars for grants and scholarships that have enriched the educational lives of thousands of Denison school students.

“We couldn’t be happier or more thankful, and we all want to see the growth continue.” said John Bullard who has made the tournament an annual tradition. “It’s an awesome and fun tournament, but the bottom line is that we play for our Denison kids, because our kids are our future. We’re looking forward to another fun and successful day of golf on Friday October 30th at Tanglewood, and we hope you’ll join us or be a sponsor.”

Dr. Henry Scott, DISD Superintendent, attributed much of the tournament’s long-term success to the Looney family’s involvement. “Tinka Looney’s amazing legacy as a tireless supporter of Denison schools and students has been, and always will be, the inspiration for this amazing culture of generosity and giving,” said Scott. “Many thousands of young lives have been enriched through DEF grants and scholarships, and we’re just so grateful to the Looney family’s enormous contributions to the success of this event.”

With Covid still looming large, Crawley says the focus will also be on keeping everyone safe, start to finish. “Tanglewood has successfully hosted other recent tournaments in compliance with CDC guidelines, so we’ll be working closely with them to keep everyone safe. I think everyone is looking forward to just being outside on a beautiful fall day with friends and fellow golfers, playing the game they love for a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. Thanks to everyone for your support, and we’ll see you on Friday the 30th!”



The Denison Education Foundation’s annual fall golf tournament has raised more than $650,000 over the past 21 years for grants and scholarships benefiting DISD schools and students. “Tinka Looney’s amazing legacy as a tireless supporter of Denison schools and students has been, and always will be, the inspiration for this tremendous culture of generosity and giving,” said DISD Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott. “Many thousands of young lives have been enriched through DEF grants and scholarships, and we’re just so grateful for the Looney family’s enormous contributions to the success of this event.”



Denison golfers Mike McKinley (left) and Tom Lankford are among dozens of veteran golfers who have played in the Denison Education Foundation’s annual fall fundraiser golf tournament every year for the past two decades. The tournament continues to honor the memory and legacy of Tinka Looney, who was a lifelong advocate for Denison’s schools and children.



Multiple generations of local golfers show up year after year to help raise money for the Denison Education Foundation, which funds innovative programs and projects that enrich and enhance learning for all Denison ISD students.



Houston Elementary Principal Kyle Uber and son Nate enjoy playing in the annual DEF golf tournament that helps fund innovative programs and projects that enrich education on his campus and others throughout the district.

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