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DEL RIO – They started out as a group of friends trying to learn a little about a sport mostly dominated by men, but with a good dose of effort and determination, the Ladies Golf Association has become a driving force in the local greens, and in the local community.

The “Ladies in Pink” recently held their first fundraiser, a $1,000,000 Hole-in-One Challenge that managed to haul a good number of participants and raise enough funds, which will be going back to the community in the form of scholarships.

Gloria Castañeda, President and founder of the Ladies Golf Association, said a group of friends decided to start the organization because they realized that some children didn’t have the same opportunities as others, and they wanted to boost their possibilities of learning something new, and something that would help them in life later on.

The association was recently speaker at the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting, held at the San Felipe Springs Golf Course Pro-Shop, on Thursday, August 12, 2016.

“We realized that in Del Rio our economically disadvantaged population is more than it is in larger cities,” said Castañeda.

The association decided to make a statement, and that’s why they selected hot pink for their uniforms. Castañeda also said that most members of the association didn’t know anything about golf before they joined, but they got a hold of the game, and over time have improved their skills.

The group also gained a lot in experience with the recent integration of Amanda Collins, their first experienced golfer.

Castañeda explained that the main goal of the association is to do something for the children of this community, which sometimes have the skills and the talents, but lack opportunities.

“Most of the funds we raise go back into the community, we are focusing our scholarships in Hispanics, because that is one of the least favored minorities, and in women because the percentage is even lower,” Castañeda pointed out.

The association meets every Thursday 5:30 p.m. thru 7:30 p.m. at the San Felipe Springs Golf Course, they charge $10 monthly dues.