Annual golf event set to help high school kids

HARLINGEN — The Knights of Columbus is preparing for its annual Martin Segura Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament Saturday at Treasure Hills.

Their hope — to raise big money for $1,000 scholarships to give to local high school students.

The club still is seeking scramble participants for the tourney that tees off at 8 a.m. The three-person scramble rules include a total minimum 36 handicap. The cost is $70 per player and there will be a breakfast taco and lunch served along with prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive and door prizes. The top team will win $900, followed by the second-place team, $600 and third place, $300.

The scholarships are in honor of Segura, who died of cancer in August 2011. He was a longtime educator in the area who gave of his time in schools and in the community.

He was a San Benito native who later taught at Harlingen’s Zavala Elementary before being promoted to Assistant Principal at Gay Junior High School.

He then served as the principal at Stuart Place Elementary, Dishman Elementary and Wilson Elementary, which he assisted in opening.

In 1980, he was appointed assistant personnel officer for HCISD. Just three years later, he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent for personnel services. He retired from that position in 1996 after 35 years in HCISD.

He also was involved in the community with the Chamber of Commerce, was a San Benito Commissioner and mayor pro tem.