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Redmond High football coach Seth Womack signals during the team’s August 2019 jamboree. The coach is introducing a fundraising golf tournament, something his teams have had at previous stops.

Redmond High football coach Seth Womack brought a winning record back to the school in his first season. Now he looks to bring another tradition from his former teams.

The Redmond Panther Football Golf Tournament is scheduled for May 9 at Juniper Golf Course. Womack said his team had a similar event when he was coach at Eagle Point for six seasons, as well as when he coached at Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

The event features a four-man scramble, and gives residents a chance to meet players and coaches, Womack said. While the program looks to raise some money to go toward equipment and meals on the road, its main purpose is to get more support from businesses and fans in the stands on fall Friday nights.

“I think the biggest thing is it’s a way to get the community involved with our program,” Womack said.

The golf tournament is a good way to reach out to people who might not typically attend high school football games, Womack said.

“We get a lot of people that maybe didn’t have a player in the family,” he said. “It gets them interested in the coaching staff and our players. They come to our games and they support us.”

The $100 per-person entry fee includes golf, cart rentals, range balls and lunch.

“It’s pretty much all-inclusive for the day,” Womack said.

Womack hopes to have at least 18 groups of four, and they could go to as many as 36 groups.

It will also feature long drive and closest to the pin contests, as well as a silent auction and drawing for prizes.

Womack doesn’t expect to play in the tournament himself.

“Typically, what I do is just go around and meet people,” he said.

“I’m not much of a golfer. I like golf, but I’m not very good.”

The tournament also leads into the Panthers taking the field for the 2020 season, with the camp they play host to coming up in June. Though they lose some key seniors from the 2019 team that went 6-4 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2016, Womack is pleased with how the group looks so far in morning workouts.

The Panthers have a good number of players coming out, and Womack expects a strong freshman class.

“We’re pretty excited about the way our numbers look,” he said.

Reporter: 541-548-2186,

gfolsom@redmondspokesman.com

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