Grayson College will hold its 21st annual golf tournament benefiting the Grayson College Foundation on Oct. 9. The “Viking Challenge” Miller Barber Golf Tournament was named for Miller Barber, a consistent contender on the PGA tour during the 1960s and 1970s, upon his passing. Barber was a resident in the area and a longtime supporter of the college.


The tournament will be held at the Tanglewood Golf Course in Pottsboro with teams to be comprised of four players. Tee time will be at 1 p.m. and awards will be presented around 4:30 p.m. Admission to the tournament will be $100 per player and includes lunch, snacks, shirt, hat and goodie bag.


Director of Marketing and Public Information at Grayson College Amy Evans said the event is an entirely student-focused fundraiser.


“We’re excited to host it again,” Evans said. “We hope everybody comes out and plays a round.”


Money raised will go toward general scholarships for incoming students. Director of Development and Alumni Kathy Hendrick said the college distributed nearly 500 scholarships totaling around $580,000 last year.


The Grayson College Foundation was created in the late 1990s as a multifunction entity to raise money for the college. In addition to grant writing and its annual scholarship campaign, the foundation has recently added an official alumni association. Alumni will be invited for an open house in the spring to see the changes and improvements on campus.


“Our sole purpose is to raise money for scholarships for students coming,” Hendrick said. “People come from all over the area and the Metroplex to play in the tournament and support the college. This is for them to come out and have a great day.”


Hendrick went on to say the amount raised is fairly consistent from year to year. Last year, the event raised around $15,000 for scholarships. The college is hoping to meet and hopefully exceed that this year.


Grayson College’s Women’s Softball team will be at the event to help carry golf bags and facilitate the tournament.


“The participants really love getting to interact with the students,” Hendrick said. “They really had a good time with that last year.”


The college is still seeking additional Viking Challenge hole sponsors, who will be eligible for one or more free player slots in the tournament that can be used or given away to friends, customers or employees. Contact Kathy Hendrick at 903-463-8716 or hendrickk@grayson.edu for more information.