What do you know about the Turkey Classic Neighborhood Golf Tournament? Besides the fact that it takes place this year on Saturday, November 25 at Lake San Marcos Executive Course.
The Turkey Classic is definitely not your traditional golf tournament – but it’s a tradition that has stood the test of time and demonstrates the power of community here in San Elijo Hills.
Fifteen years ago, four neighbors living on Archer Rd. got together on Thanksgiving weekend for a round of golf. None of them were experienced golfers, so to be funny, they got competitive about it. They purchased a women’s blazer from Goodwill that was deemed the Turkey Classic Champion “Green Jacket” and bought a used trophy off of eBay. They decided the jacket and trophy would go to the person with the highest score, rather than the lowest.
After the game, the guys and their families all met up for a backyard barbecue and celebration where a ceremony around the jacket ensued.
The next year they added another foursome. And, the tradition continued. Year after year the number of players grew and the after party expanded.
Several years ago, the San Elijo Hills Foundation adopted the event so it could be used to raise funds to support the San Elijo Middle School sports program through event sponsors, raffle donors and participants.
The event always has an air of fun, community and friendship. Whether you are a golfer or not – you are sure to have a great time. Fifteen different names have graced the engraved trophy, including last year’s winner – Mary Maloney of Hometown Realty. Maybe this will be YOUR year!
The tournament is still accepting sponsorships, donations for raffle prizes and registration for players is now open. Registration is only $85 and includes golf, cart, after party food and drinks. Foursomes are available at a discount and ‘after party only’ tickets are available for $35.
The Turkey Classic takes place on Saturday, November 25 at the Lake San Marcos Executive Course with a shotgun start at 12pm. The after party takes place onsite at Tap in Tavern with delicious Mexican fare, raffle prizes, award presentation and lots of fun.