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July 16, 2014

NEF set to host golf tourney

NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport Education Foundation will host its sixth annual NEF Open on July 21 at Haverhill’s Renaissance Golf Club.

For just $225, participants will be fed lunch and dinner and will have the opportunity to play at a beautiful, otherwise private, Brian Silva Signature design course. Its inspiration stemmed from the great Scottish links of the 19th century and landmark American layouts of the 1920s.

“This is the first year we are at Renaissance Golf Club for the tournament,” said Newburyport Education Foundation president Greg Park. “We like to move it around to keep it fresh and to have a new place to play. The course is equal quality to Ipswich Country Club where we were last year.”

While the course is sure to please golfers both accomplished and amateur as it has been named Course of the Year by the NEGCOA, the purpose of the outing is to further raise money for the Newburyport Education Foundation.

According to its website, the NEF’s mission is to: “bring philanthropy into the Newburyport public schools and generate financial resources that will enhance the quality of public education.”

More than $100,000 was raised from the NEF Open over five years — a number organizers hope to continue to grow this year. The foundation has a goal to raise $35,000 from this tournament.

“At NEF we do all sorts of things to raise funds for the schools,” Park said.

Proceeds from the tournament will go toward several different causes involving the public schools, including the renovation project of the Nock Middle School auditorium.

“We are in the process of raising $200,000 to help fund the remaining work being done to the auditorium,” Park added. “We think that will help it become a really high class facility for not only the students, but for the community in general.”

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