About half the spots remain in the Oct. 31 golf tournament honoring longtime Oklahoma Teacher Retirement System director Tommy C. Beavers.

 

The two-person scramble will be held at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club, 3401 NE 36th Street in Oklahoma City. Cost is $175 per person or $350 per team. Last year’s tournament raised more than $10,000.

 

Proceeds benefit a graduate studies scholarship in education at the University of Central Oklahoma for an active teacher. When Beavers died, his family combined Beavers’ loves of education and golf to create the fund-raising tournament. 

 

Hole sponsorships, which includes one player entry, cost $450. Registration includes lunch and beverages on and off the course. For those who cannot play but want to contribute, donations are welcome. More information is available by calling 405-413-5439 or e-mail pricehome@yahoo.com. Players can also register at  HYPERLINK "http://www.signmeup.com/72147" www.signmeup.com/72147

 

The scholarship provides funds for active teachers to further education goals. Edmond science teacher Anthony Rose was the recipient of the first scholarship.

 

Beavers, a Ryan native, was a graduate of UCO and OU with degrees in Accounting Ed. and Public School Administration. He began working for the State Department of Education in 1959 while a student at Central State College, which is now the University of Central Oklahoma.

 

As a data processor he sometimes did work for the retirement system, which he officially joined in April 1970. When he retired in 2008, he had been director of the system for 21 years.

 

When Beavers went to work for the Teachers’ Retirement System there were only about 10,000 retirees. There are now more than 45,000 retirees, and more than 90,000 active members paying into retirement funds.

 

Both of Beavers’ daughters Shannon Price and Kayelyn Appling, are teachers and are actively involved in putting on the tournament.

 

Their father was an avid golfer. Price said about 40 golfers had signed up and another 40 spots remain for the shotgun start tournament. 

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