Four graduating golfers from high school teams in Umatilla and Morrow counties earned scholarships from the annual Kings & Queens Couples golf tournament.

Jared Geier of Pendleton, Grace Blackhurst of Hermiston, Sophie Grant of

Heppner and Riley Lankford of Pilot Rock each received $750 awards. Grants are based on participation on high school golf teams and college enrollment.

“Our goal is to encourage young golfers to participate in the game as members of high school teams,” said Kings & Queens Chairman Don Obrist. “We believe there are many life lessons to be learned from golf and team athletics that deserve our support.”

And the golfers seem to agree.

“Even though playing as an individual is a large part of the game,” said Lankford, “being a team member is an even bigger aspect of it.” He said that the “constant competition and accountability between teammates holds everyone to a higher standard than themselves.” He will be attending Blue Mountain Community College in the fall.

“I have learned patience, perseverance, dedication and, most importantly, the love of the game,” said Blackhurst, who will be attending Brigham Young University-Idaho.

“Even though golf has taught me a lot,” said Geier, “it will continue to teach me new things for the rest of my life.” He will be attending Columbia Basin College.

Sophie Grant will be attending Pacific University. “I will use the experiences in golf to apply to college and the working world. Honesty, courtesy and a positive mindset will serve me well as I move forward towards my career.”

Now in its eighth year, the tournament has presented over $10,000 in scholarships to 16 graduating golfers. The 2018 King’s & Queens couples golf tournament attracts golfing couples of all ages and will be held this year July 21-22 at Big River Golf Course in Umatilla.

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