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Carver Center Student Raises Thousands Through Kids Golf Tournament

October 11, 2013 - MyWestTexas.com

While the majority of Kyle Mahan’s 9-year-old friends spent summer evenings playing video games in the air-conditioned comfort of their homes, Kyle and his family hit the pavement, going door-to-door soliciting donations for a charity golf tournament.

Though participants in the Aug. 9 Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation’s Kids Play Fore Kids tournament are only asked to raise $100, Kyle upped the ante a little bit and raised $10,130 for the foundation and Children’s Medical Center.

Kyle’s 2013 contribution was twice what he raised in 2012 and accounted for more than one seventh of the fundraiser’s total contributions.

“I’d like to thank all the nice people from Midland that donated. They gave the money they worked hard to get from their job to a charity,” said Kyle, who collected the majority of funds raised in a golf-ball decorated bucket by going door-to-door multiple evenings in June and July.

His parents, Shawn and Jennifer Mahan, estimate Kyle spent more than 36 hours soliciting donations from Midlanders. The family spent between two and three hours a night, twice a week for seven weeks, visiting nearly every home in Grassland, most in Green Tree and many off of Holiday Hill Road, Jennifer Mahan said.

“Some people didn’t donate, but most did. It was really great,” said Kyle, who particularly enjoys visiting homes with large knockers on the front door.

Kyle also held two lemonade stands at Walmart and received $806 from classmates at Carver Center in May.

Kids Play Fore Kids is a 9-hole scramble for kids age 6-18 of all golf backgrounds. All funds raised from the tournament were donated to the foundation and Children’s Medical Center to help send kids to summer camp and supply the prize closet, Jennifer Mahan said.

“I like helping these kids out and I want to set an example for other kids that you can fundraise and make a difference,” Kyle said. “Most kids play video games all summer, but it’s not all about electronics. You can make a difference.”

The tournament is not competitive and every hole carries a fun and unique theme, often involving games or obstacles for the players, Shawn Mahan said.

This year’s tournament had 188 participants and Kyle was the top fundraiser, winning a trip for two to the 2014 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga. Kyle and his dad Shawn, the Permian High School golf coach, will attend a Masters practice round, a free round of golf, and receive round trip airfare and three nights lodging in Charleston, S.C.

Kyle’s 2012 fundraising efforts won him a trip to the Ryder Cup at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois. In addition to experiencing his first plane ride, the tournament was life-changing when golf professional Phil Mickelson high-fived him on the greens.

Though Kyle technically won the Kids Play Fore Kids fundraising challenge, he is quick to point out that it was only possible because his family supported him.

“I really want to thank all three of them for going out there with me and helping raise the money,” Kyle said. “My little sister (Julianne) would even help me when I got tired or didn’t want to do it anymore.”

 
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