Congressional Staff Swing Into Action for Scholarship Fund

Posted May 10, 2005 at 5:29pm

The Congressional Golfers’ Association is teeing off for a worthy cause Monday, as more than 150 participants will play in the Third Annual Spring Tournament to benefit the Washington Scholarship Fund.

The one-day event will begin at 9 a.m. at Fairfax National Golf Club.

Corry Marshall, senior legislative assistant to Rep. Melissa Hart (R-Pa.) and president of the association, said the event is sold out, and organizers expect to raise more than $1,000 for a private school scholarship fund for D.C. area students. The CGA sold tickets for $49 per player or $350 for a whole sponsorship.

The day will include 18 holes, unlimited range balls prior to teeing off, and closest-to-the-pin and longest drive competitions.

“We’re just extremely grateful to benefit from their generosity. What it enables is educational choice and opportunity for low-income D.C. families that otherwise wouldn’t be possible,” said Sally Sachar, president and CEO of the Washington Scholarship Fund.

Marshall further explained in an interview that the organization helps staffers from both sides of the aisle relax and get to know each other outside the office.

“It’s an interaction among the staff. We’re hoping to get some new participants,” Marshall said.

He said at first, many of the organization’s members were Republican, as he and his fellow organizers knew mostly GOP staff.

“This is all Congressional staff. It’s not just the Republican Golfers’ Association,” Marshall said, adding that the ratio of Democratic to Republican staffers in the group is now close to 50-50.

Founded in 2003 by a bipartisan group of staffers, the CGA is a registered Congressional Staff Organization. Made up of more than 250 current and former Hill aides, the organization has raised more than $2,500 for charity in past tournaments.

Hart is the group’s sponsoring Member, and Marshall said she is also a golfer.

The group’s past activities have included hosting happy hours and teaming up with the Women’s Congressional Golf Association to provide lessons at East Potomac Park Golf Course.

“On a staff level, it’s not politics. Everybody can’t putt, and it lets us talk about something other than politics,” Marshall said.

Marshall said he hopes more staffers will join the organization and participate in future events.

For more information, staffers should visit intranet.house.gov/cga.