There’s still time to get in to the Fifth Annual Pete and Sheila Arellano Scholarship Golf Tournament, set for this Saturday, Aug. 20. An 8 a.m. shotgun start is planned at the Escalon Golf Course and cost is $50 per person or $180 for a team of four.
“My dad accepted a teaching/coaching position in Escalon in 1956. My mom pursued her love of writing by working for The Times for over 20 years. Before that she worked at Dent Elementary as an aide,” noted daughter Tina Arellano Jensen of Pete and Sheila’s community involvement. “These scholarships represent both of their desires to help young people succeed through education. Seniors at Escalon High apply for one of two scholarships each worth $1000. One is for Journalism representing my mom and the other for cross country which my dad introduced to Escalon High while coaching.”
On her dad’s 90th birthday in lieu of gifts, Jensen said the family asked that donations be made to a scholarship fund in his name. The next year at 91, he created a successful golf tournament and raised enough money to continue the scholarship.
“He continued (to assist with the tournament) via his hospital bed in 2015 with the help of our family. Knowing how important this was to both of my parents, after they passed, we decided as a family that we would work together to continue each year,” Jensen added. “This year my son and son-in-law presented the two scholarships at the awards ceremony in May. My two daughters, son-in-law and myself chose the recipients keeping in mind my parents’ wishes.”
The entire family helps in gathering raffle prizes and funding and organizing the tournament.
All money raised throughout the golf tournament is invested back into the two scholarships at the high school. To sign up for the tourney, contact Jensen at 209-484-8371 or email Scott Page at email@example.com. In person sign-ups are also being taken at Escalon Golf Course.
“We are fortunate that Escalon golf course has always been very generous and accommodating. Many thanks to Lori for working with my dad and me,” Jensen said. “My mom and dad were always very involved in Escalon and in return Escalon has been more than generous to them so with this fifth annual Arellano golf tournament and in the future, we will continue to keep their spirits alive through these gifts.”
As part of the entry fee, golfers will be provided with a lunch, raffle prizes will be available, awards will be presented to the top three teams and there will be closest to the hole winners on three holes and longest drive competition on holes 7 and 14.
“We are still in need of raffle prizes and golfers,” Jensen said.