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Golfers get in the swing at Chip in Fore Kids fundraiser

May 14, 2019

MOHAVE VALLEY — The tournament namesake was unable to attend but that was about the only hitch in the 31st annual John McCormick Chip In Fore Kids golf tournament Saturday at El Rio Golf Club in Mohave Valley.

“The weather is perfect,” said Autumn Boyle-Robinson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River, the beneficiary of the 90-player three-person scramble fundraiser. “Couldn’t ask for anything better.”

McCormick, a longtime Boys & Girls Clubs supporter and a man credited with helping the tournament flourish, was out of town for a wedding on Saturday.

“John couldn’t be here,” Boyle-Robinson noted.

But, she said, the players likely wouldn’t have been there had it not been for McCormick, for whom the tournament was named in 2018.

“John’s been involved in this golf tournament since the beginning,” she said. “He’s been such a key factor. Both of them (McCormick and his wife, Olivia) have been.”

Boyle-Robinson said the tournament is vital to the Boys & Girls Clubs’ mission to provide safe, educational and fun activities for members during the summer months.

“This is a key event for our summer program,” she said, noting that proceeds will be used to help pay for field trips, Summer Olympics, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs and other activities.

“Summer is our busiest time of the year,” Boyle-Robinson said. “And our most expensive.”

She said the clubs’ four locations — main branches in Bullhead City, Fort Mohave and Laughlin, and a new teen center in Bullhead City — will average about 500 children a day during the summer months.

Mohave Shred, Kirk Barton Farmers Insurance, Along the River Properties-Suzanne Barton and Findlay Chevrolet, Buick, GMC were major sponsors of the event. Others also jumped on board to support the event.

“We had more than 100 tee sponsors,” Boyle-Robinson noted.