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Boaters to Tee Off for Charity at Islamorada Conch Scramble Golf Tournament

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Floating greens, golf boats and biodegradable fish food balls highlight the annual "par-tee" on the water during the popular Conch Scramble charity golf tournament Saturday, Sept. 30, in Islamorada.

Fans of golf and boating can expect to have a "hole" lot of fun honing their swings and raising money for charity one shot at a time. Up to 50 teams can enter this one-of-a-kind golf experience. Registration is open online and the entry fee is $500 per team.

Teams of four and a designated boat driver "caddy" make stops at nine Islamorada waterfront venues and come ashore to tee off. Each player has two shots at the floating holes using biodegradable golf balls that dissolve into fish food after 90 hours in the water.

A kick-off party is scheduled 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at a to-be-determined Islamorada location. A live auction and a 50/50 cash raffle also are planned. Nongolfers wanting to attend the festivities can purchase kick-off party tickets for $35 each.

Teams are to meet at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Islamorada Fish Company, mile marker (MM) 81.5 bayside, for breakfast, hole location assignments and an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

An awards ceremony is set for 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Oceanview Inn & Sports Pub, MM 84.5. Trophies await the top three teams with the best scores, while additional honors recognize the best hole location, most team spirit and best costumes.

Proceeds from the golfing challenge help fund athletic programs and facilities for Keys students. The 2017 beneficiaries include Treasure Village Montessori School and the Coral Shores High School boys soccer and baseball teams and football booster club.

Event information and registration: conchscramble.com

Islamorada visitor information: fla-keys.com/islamorada or 1-800-FAB-KEYS

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