On Centre | Around Bellefonte: Get into the swing at Sunrise Rotary charity golf tournament

A round of golf can calm the nerves or send you into a blinding rage, depending on your slice.

Maybe knowing this particular round is helping the youth of the area will ease the pain of missing that hole-in-one.

For the eighth year, the Bellefonte Sunrise Rotary Club will host its annual golf tournament. Golfers and nongolfers are invited to play or simply make a donation for the tournament. Proceeds from past tournaments have helped organizations such as the Bellefonte Youth Center, Centre County Library and local students.

This year, the tournament has been renamed the Kay Zinsner Golf Scholarship Tournament, in honor of the former club member and avid golfer who died last year, fundraising committee chairwoman Cindy Stern said.

“The tournament started several years ago as a Rotary golf tournament,” Stern said. “This year, we decided to go further than that and do a scholarship tournament in (Zinsner’s) memory.”

Part of the funds will be presented to a student who is involved in his or her school’s golf program or wants to pursue a career in golf, she said. The club will primarily be looking at students from the Bellefonte Area School District but could expand outward if the criteria aren’t met.

Up to 52 people have participated in past tournaments, she said. This year, the tournament will move to Mountain View Country Club near Boalsburg in an attempt to bring in a larger group.

About $4,000 has been collected from tournaments in the past, she said. The club is still trying to determine how much will go to the scholarship and how much will go to other donations.

The shotgun-style tournament will kick off May 8, Stern said, and will include raffles and a silent auction. Several area businesses have donated items such as hats, shirts and jewelry in the past.

The Rotary Club promotes “service above self,” she said, and offers assistance for any organization that helps youth.