Ken Smith Memorial Scholarship
Golf Tournament Information
The Ken Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund is intended to provide a scholarship program for soccer referees wishing to continue their education. The available funds for scholarships are in direct proportion to the success of our fund-raising events. Although soccer players generally have scholarship opportunities from colleges, playing associations and clubs, this is one of the few opportunities specifically intended for the distribution of scholarships to the soccer official. We began in 2006 with our first scramble which continues today. Although the previous events have been very successful, we continue to receive many more requests for assistance than there are funds available.
The scramble originated from a lunch conversation over BBQ in June of 2005 after a round of golf at Woodbridge in Wylie. It started as a way to have some fun with friends and raise a few dollars to help out a young referee or two and as they say, the rest is history. The tournament was originally named the TASO Soccer Golf Scramble. With the untimely passing of Ken Smith on April 19, 2008, the scholarship fund and scramble were renamed in his honor. Ken was a great friend to the referee community, was always there to help a developing young referee and enjoyed playing golf when time allowed.
In Sept 2016, Ken Smith Memorial Scramble and Greyhound Adoption League of Texas combined to host one event, Racers 'n Referees Round of 18. At first glance, the two organizations (KSMS and GALT) have little in common, but upon closer inspection, both organizations are helping athletes of a different sort. KSMS (soccer referees) and GALT (retired racers). With GALT bringing out their greyhounds to many of the KSMS events, it seems it was a natural match as soccer people fell in love with the greyhounds and began adopting them from the start. After GALT organized two golf tournaments of their own, the two organizations decided that using the resources of both organizations would likely produce an even more successful event than either had organized on their own.