Members of the Howard County Police Department are ready to swing like Jack Nicklaus to help their fellow officers.
On Oct. 13, the Howard County Police Association will hold its first Howard County Public Safety Golf Tournament at the Turf Valley Country Club in Ellicott City.
Proceeds will go to the group's death benefit fund to assist families of officers killed in the line of duty. Officers hope the event will become an annual fund-raiser.
"We're kind of excited about it," said Dale L. Hill, president of the Howard County Police Officers' Association, which is sponsoring the tournament. "It's an enjoyable day for people."
The fee for the tournament and a crab feast that follows is $75 for members; $85 for associate members and $95 for non-members. Deadline to register for the event, which is open to the public, is Oct. 7.
The group's members would like to raise at least $3,000 to $4,000 for the fund, said James Butler, coordinator of the tournament. He added the group expects 60 to 70 police officers and private individuals to participate.
Mr. Hill said the relief fund also will help families with medical bills if officers are critically injured in the line of duty.
It has been 30 years since a Howard County police officer died in the line of duty, said Detective Michael Sherman, a county police spokesman.
The tee-off for the hole-in-one tournament begins at noon, Oct. 13. A crab feast, featuring steamed crabs, cold beer, salads, platters, fried chicken and desserts, will follow.
Cash prizes of from $35 to $150 will also go to golfers who make the closest hit to a par-3 hole, Mr. Butler said.
A $10,000 prize will be given to a golfer who makes a hole in one on hole 13, Mr. Butler said. "The odds of someone making a hole in one is not that common," he said. "But you never know."
The golfer who makes the longest drive will win a 24-karat gold-plated golf club, Mr. Butler added.
And someone will get use of an $82,000 Mercedes Benz for three days, he said.
"You don't have to be a golfer [to play]," Mr. Butler said.
For information, call 461-5131.