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Lions invited to golf tourney

Jimmy Boon and his sisters are turning a family tragedy into a positive mission to fight cancer.
Boon and sister Hazel Tidwell visited the Ennis Noon Lions Club to inform the group of avid golfers about an annual golf tournament that raises money for cancer research.
“The family would like to thank the Lions Club for allowing us to come out and speak about the upcoming golf tournament,” Jimmy said.
The sporting event – titled the Cancer Benefit Golf Tournament set for Sept. 13-14 – is a sort of memorial to Ernest Kyle Boon, brother of Jimmy, Hazel and the other Boon residents residing in Ennis. Ernest died in 1996 after being diagnosed with cancer four years earlier due to the effects of inhaling Agent Orange. Jimmy explained that Agent Orange was a toxin used to defoliate trees during the Vietnam War, where Ernest served as a Green Beret. Jimmy said his brother was stationed in the jungle and planes would unknowingly spray him and fellow soldiers with the chemical.
“He would tell us he had Agent Orange for breakfast and then they would come back by and we would have some for dinner,” Jimmy said to the Lions Club.
Jimmy and his sisters chose to hold a golf tournament in their brother’s name because of the love Ernest held for the sport.
“Ernie got serious about golf when he returned from Vietnam,” Jimmy said. “He was the best golfer of the Boon boys. It wasn’t hard for Ernie to be a better golfer than I was. We chose September to hold the tournament because that is when Ernie was born.”
Yet, the golf tournament isn’t just for the Boon family anymore. The Boon name was dropped from the title of the tournament to include everyone touched by cancer.
“We took the Boon family name out of the title because so many people have been affected by cancer,” he said.
This is the 10th year the tournament has been held. It raised $14,175 in its first year and has constantly garnered more donations and funds for cancer research, receiving $52,000 last year. On account of a large amount of interest from players and the generous donations and sponsorships provided by Ennis businesses and individuals, the Boon family has contributed a total of $320,352 to Baylor Health Care System Foundation for the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center.
The tournament will be held over two days, with Saturday being a low-ball tournament and Sunday set for scramble play.
Two-player teams must have a verifiable handicap and are charged $135 per player to take part. There will be a guaranteed five flights of play and four spots will be paid in each flight. First place wins $1,000, second receives $600, third will get $400 and fourth wins $250.
A hole-in-one cash prize will be paid out at $10,000. Boon said the money would be covered through an insurance policy put up by a local sponsor. This is so none of the money raised to go toward research will be spent on the hole-in-one prize.
A meal will be available Saturday night for players and their spouses. A Calcutta is scheduled to follow the meal.
“You’ve got to have a Calcutta,” Jimmy said. “A Calcutta is just part of golf.”
A silent auction will also be held Saturday.
Hole sponsorships are available for $500 each.
For more information about the golf tournament, contact the Ennis Country Club Pro Shop at 972-875-3641 or Hazel Tidwell at 972-875-5995.
Kathy Cikanek was inducted as a new member prior to Boone’s program. Cikanek is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the EISD.

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