By Courtney Flower, Staff Writer

UMF Softball Team members Hannah Lust and Emily Soule (photo courtesy of Gia Pilgrim)

UMF Softball Team members Hannah Lust and Emily Soule (photo courtesy of Gia Pilgrim)

The University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) Softball Team is planning for the Beaver Classic Golf Tournament to raise money for their spring trip to Florida. The Beaver Classic will be held on October 11th at 9 a.m. at Wilson Lake Country Club, located in Wilton, Maine. The cost is $50.00 per player and includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, BBQ lunch, and many prizes and raffles. All proceeds will go towards funding a trip to Florida in March.

“Being able to travel to Florida will not only be an excellent bonding experience for the team, but will give us an opportunity to get out on the field earlier in the season and have an advantage over other teams,” said Hannah Lust the team’s senior captain. “We’re looking forward to a successful season and this will be a good way to start off strong.”

The softball team is still looking for more participants in the tournament. “We’re hoping to have ten teams, with four people on each,” said Emily Soule, a junior softball player. The team is encouraging UMF students, staff, and faculty to join in the fun and be a part of the event.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Lust, “and any support is better than nothing.” The team is looking to raise over $2,000 to benefit their trip. Family members and businesses have sponsored holes for $100 each and many teams have already signed up.

Ben Taylor, Wilson Lake Country Club Manager, is also looking forward to the Beaver Classic as a great end to the 2014 golf season. “While I’m very sad this is the end of the season,” said Taylor. “This is a great way to finish it off. I am overjoyed to be able to help out the UMF softball team and continue our good relationship with the university. I think this is an excellent way to end the season and I’m hoping we can make this an annual event.”

Taylor also encouraged players of all levels to join the event. “You do not need any experience to come out and play some golf and have fun. The scramble format is an excellent way to be introduced to the sport. All players tee off and then the team will play the best shot each time. This format allows all players to succeed.” Members of the Wilson Lake Country Club will be participating as well.

As a senior, Lust is not only hoping to raise enough money from the tournament to be able to travel to Florida, but for a successful spring season. “We’re looking good, really good,” she said. “We’re all looking forward to great spring season. We’ve been playing together for a long time now and the new girls all really stepping up. We’re all very excited for what’s to come.”

To sign up for the Beaver Classic Golf Tournament or learn more about the UMF softball team, contact Emily Soule or head coach Jim Smith.