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Hollywood High Gears Up For Annual Golf Classic

The community-driven tournament June 30 will raise money for the school's athletic programs.

Standing at a strapping 6-foot-7, Marco Tolj is quite literally the big man on campus at Hollywood High School.

Now in his fourth year as assistant principal, Tolj has his fingerprints all over the school, both in the hallways and on the fields in his secondary role overseeing the athletic department.

An aspect of Tolj's job is to brainstorm for ways to help the many sports teams that represent the school. One of those ideas, and perhaps the one with the most potential, is the Hollywood High Golf Classic.

Now entering its third year, the Golf Classic — scheduled for Thursday, June 30 at California Country Club in Whittier — is a community-driven fundraiser that donates all proceeds to the student-athletes at Hollywood High.

Tolj, an avid golfer, is the chief organizer. The event has raised close to $9,000 in its first two years and Tolj is hoping the third edition will be the most successful yet.

"I decided this is a good way to raise some money, and a great way to get the community involved," Tolj said. "The funds allow us to purchase equipment, uniforms, all the basic things we need. With the budget crisis, it's very hard for the school to set aside real funding for sports, making this a huge help."

Tolj said the bond between Hollywood High and the community and its businesses is growing, but there is still a ways to go. He is actively searching for sponsors to get behind the school.

"Our goal is to have it become the type of event where businesses contact us about it, we gather alumni, and folks in community help out," he said. "It's going to get there, it's just going to take some time."

The $130 entree fee includes lunch, golf (with cart), dinner, a raffle and a gift bag for every participant. Special prizes will be handed out to the top three finishers, the longest drive and the closest shot to the pin. Cash and others prizes will also be awarded.

For those who want to just attend the raffle and dinner, the cost is $50.

The sports program is turning the corner at Hollywood. The school board recently approved a $4.9-million partnered grant between the American Youth Soccer Association and LAUSD to completely renovate the high school field for multi-purpose use. The well-worn grass sod will be replaced by FieldTurf and the dirt track will be jettisoned in favor of a state-of-the-art synthetic surface. A new scoreboard will also be installed.

It is a much-needed upgrade, putting Hollywood on even-footing with the new high schools that have opened in the area in recent years. Construction is set to being next spring with a completion targeted in time for the football season in fall 2012.

"We're going to share that field with the community and they're going to love it," Tolj said. "Hopefully we can create a buzz and expand on some relationships we have."

To discuss sponsorship opportunities or for more information on The Third Annual Hollywood High School Golf Classic, call Marco Tolj at (323) 993-1789 or email him at marco.tolj@lausd.net.

To obtain a print version of the sign-up brochure, follow this link. All registration forms must be turned in with payment no later than June 17.

Rena June 01, 2011 at 11:34 PM
Always money for sports but never anything for the arts. I realize that athletics maybe the only way for some of the students that attend HH to get scholarships for college, but the school was originally supposed to foster talent in drama, art and music. There are alot of famous stars and entertainers that attended HH. There isn't even a high school band to march in the annual "Hollywood Christmas Parade"! or to play at your basketball and football games. The arts play just as important a role in giving students a well-rounded education as sports do and equal fundrasing should be done to assist with the arts at this school.
Jorge W Maldonado June 03, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Rena the arts are also doing their part to fundraise. Recently, the Performing Arts Program received $12,000 from Jersey Mike's Subs thanks to the efforts of Mr. Stormy Sacks. The problem with the band, is that the district has cut music programs and we do not have a music teacher to be our band director. The LACER program has been working hard to revive it, but it is difficult for an after-school program to run a band.

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