By: Ellen Zoe Golden Photo by: Carla Rowlings
After a delay from its Valentine’s Day date because of scheduling conflicts, the annual Have-A-Heart Golf Tournament took place May 4 at the Hacienda Pinilla course. The beneficiary of the event, as always, was the Amigos de la Educacion organization which uses the money to provide scholarships to area young people.
This year’s fundraising efforts were kick started with a $10,000 donation from Sharky’s, and according to event organizer and Amigos co-founder Suzye Lawson, this seed money will pay for nine young people to continue their education. Six of the kids are in grade school, two are going to university and one is on her way to nursing school.
“The golf tournament has a real place in my heart because it raises funds for all the kids to go through school,” said Lawson. “We’ve been with these kids since the beginning of their education. The one girl going to nursing school has been with Amigos for 11 years. That’s something.”
The tournament itself began at 8 a.m., and was a 4-man scramble with prizes going to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams as well as specialty prizes including Longest Drive and more. Participants paid $150 per person for golf and lunch.
The beneficiary students also had a role at the tournament: They provided watermelon slices to the golfers on the course. In addition to its donation, Sharkys staff served Bloody Mary’s at the putting green and Tequila shots at Hole 10. In the evening, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Sharkys itself, there was a barbeque dinner, and an awards ceremony for Have-A-Heart winners.
Other contributions included breakfast by Bagel Kitchen and coffee by Tamarindo Roasters, as well as sliders from Matty’s Surf Club. JW Marriott Guanacaste offered a special deal at its facility for that weekend: For $279, it included a two-night hotel stay, with golf package, breakfast, $50 food voucher, 25 percent off massages, free use of the pool, sauna and steam.
Amigos de la Educación has other activities on its agenda for 2019 besides this main fundraiser. “I’ve been struggling with the amount of trash in Tamarindo,” explained Lawson “We put up eight Amigos de la Educación trash cans in a 2 ½ block radius. Our students got involved with that, as well as putting out cement cigarette ash trays to help stop people from putting their butts in the road and the beach. The kids are evaluating how to help this cause further.”