Contact:Barbara Casey Public Information Officer, Tampa Sports Authority bcasey@tampasportsauthority.com 813-350-6504
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- June 24, 2011
2nd Annual Babe Zaharias Day, 100th Birthday Celebration Saturday
In memory of a sports legend, Tampa Sports Authority in collaboration with the Forest Hills Neighborhood Association is celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of Babe Didrikson Zaharias on Saturday at the Babe Zaharias Golf Course.  Newly elected Mayor Bob Buckhorn will declare the day as “Babe Zaharias Day” in a special ceremony on the clubhouse patio.
Tampa Sports Authority is hosting two 4-person scramble golf tournaments with shotgun starts at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. All the slots for the 9 a.m. shotgun have been filled, but there is still room in the 2 p.m. time slot. The entry fee is $50 and includes lunch. As Babe died from cancer, a portion of the proceeds from the tournament will go to the Moffitt Cancer Center in her memory. Anyone who is interested in entering should contact Laura Beuhring at 813-631-4375 or email her at lbeuhring@tampasportsauthority.com.
To also honor the golf pro’s memory, Don Van Natta Jr., author of the book “Wonder Girl,” a definitive biography of Babe Zaharias, will host a book signing in the golf course’s club house starting at 1:30 p.m.
The Forest Hills Neighborhood Association will provide free activities open to the public on the grounds of the golf course throughout the afternoon. A concert will start at 11 a.m. with local acts Zuberi Brown, Big Wiggler and Johnny G. Lyon. There will also be a moonwalk, clowns and a coloring book contest for kids. Food, beverages and desserts will be available for purchase on site. For more information on these activities, contact the Forest Hills Neighborhood Associations President, Debra McCormack at 813-935-8488 or email her at tampacommunications@verizon.net.
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Tampa Sports Authority is the manager of Raymond James Stadium and three city of Tampa golf courses, including Babe Zaharias, Golf Course, Rocky Point Golf Course and Rogers Park Golf Course. TSA was originally created as a public agency by Chapter 65-2307, Laws of Florida, on May 28, 1965, and as such is an Independent Special District.