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Cherokee Strip Golf ClassicDuring the first week of September, the Opportunity Center is all a-buzz. Clients are excited about the special music they will perform at the annual performance of the Opportunity Singers. Clients and staff make sure they are scheduled to work as volunteers on the golf course. The Village Screen Print Shop is busily working on all kinds of projects, from volunteer shirts to special merchandise for sale at the store. It's time for the annual Cherokee Strip Golf Classic.

The Cherokee Strip Golf Classic, lovingly referred to by its volunteers and participants as The Strip, is a volunteer-driven, charitable golf tournament which began in 1961 with the sole purpose of raising money to help fund the Opportunity Center. All proceeds from The Strip are deposited with Opportunity Center Foundation.

The Strip is an invitational, pro-am golf tournament comprised of approximately 44 teams, with each team consisting of 1 PGA Professional and 4 amateurs. The Strip is held at the Ponca City Country Club, Ponca City, Oklahoma, on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday following Labor Day. The entry fee covers 3 days of food and beverage (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for both the golfer and a companion. Participants play 3 days of golf (1 practice round & 2 tournament rounds) and receive entry gifts. Numerous social activities are available for the companion as well as a ladies’ golf tournament on Thursday.

Opportunity Singers prepare for their annual appearance at The Strip.There is an abundance of evening entertainment, including a special performance by the Opportunity Singers during Friday evening's banquet. There’s even more – Hole-in-one, closest-to-the-pin, and longest drive prizes, a 2-man amateur horse race on Thursday afternoon (additional fee), an over-the-top silent auction, a live auction, an Opportunity Center Screen Print store open on the premises, and on, and on, and on!

Email cherokeeclassic@cableone.net for information on how to become a participant, donor, sponsor, or volunteer.

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