The fourth annual FORE golf tournament set for this weekend.

Ouachita Baptist University’s fourth annual FORE Ouachita Golf Tournament will tee off on Sept. 24 at 8 a.m. with a second tee time at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock. Proceeds from the event will benefit athletic scholarships at Ouachita.

“I was actually challenged my first year at Ouachita to help raise money for athletics,” said Terry Peeples, vice president for development at Ouachita. To support the cost of athletic programs, Ouachita’s development office developed FORE Ouachita, an annual golf tournament fundraiser.

“It’s important because the students are the main focus,” said Nicole Herndon, OBU development officer for grants and events. “We’re here to help them succeed.”

There are currently 43 teams from across the state will participate in this year’s tournament. Many of the more than 170 participants have close ties to Ouachita.

“They feel OBU is important to them,” Herndon said. “They believe in the university and what we stand for.” The tournament also provides an opportunity for alumni and other Ouachita supporters to introduce their friends and co-workers to the university.

Andy Edwards, senior vice president at Crews and Associates Inc., serves as chairman of the FORE Ouachita 2012 planning committee. He agreed that the tournament “is such a great way to bring old friends together to have a great day of golf while raising money for much-needed athletic scholarships.

“My time at OBU was instrumental in who I am and what my family has become,” Edwards added. “I met my wife at OBU and now have two sons there, as well. If the money we raise can help just a few have the same experience, I can assure you it’s all worth the effort. Go, Tigers!”

Lead sponsors for this year’s tournament include: Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Capital Business Machines Inc., Legacy Termite & Pest Control Inc. and Mutual of Omaha. Additional tournament sponsors include: the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, PrintMania, Sodexo, Krispy Kreme, Jenkins Enterprises, TCPrint Solutions, Coca-Cola and Burge Photography. Landers Toyota will also donate a 2012 Toyota Camry to any player who makes a hole-in-one on a designated hole during the tournament.

Registered participants will receive use of a golf cart, catered lunch and a tournament gift bag. For more information, including a full list of sponsors, visit www.obu.edu/fore or contact Nicole Herndon in OBU's Office of Development at (870) 245-5169.