Tournament raises funds for scholarship named in honor of former OU ballerina.

It’s time to dust off the golf clubs and practice that swing for a good cause.

The second annual Juli Busken Memorial Scholarship Tournament and Lunch is slated May 20 at Belmar Golf Club, 1025 E. Indian Hills Road, Norman. Two tee times are scheduled in this year’s tournament.

The morning tee time begins with a shotgun start for the four-man scramble at 7:30 a.m. Lunch will follow at 11 a.m.

An auction will kick off at noon followed by a second tee time at 1:30 p.m.

The tournament honors Busken, who was kidnapped from her Norman apartment in December of 1996 and brutally slain. Busken, a student-ballerina, completed her senior year at the University of Oklahoma a few days prior to her death.

Sheriff Joe Lester served as OU’s police chief when Busken was murdered. Lester said he became friends with Busken’s family during the homicide investigation and remains close with them today.

Lester said all funds collected from the golf tournament will be donated to the Juli Busken Memorial Scholarship at the OU School of Dance.

“This is the right thing to do to keep Juli’s memory alive at the OU School of Dance,” Lester said. “My ultimate goal is to raise $500,000 for the scholarship fund.”

Tournament sponsorships range from $10 to $10,000. Deadline for reservations is May 13.

For a registration form, call Bill Tucker at (405) 329-6800 or (405) 919-1746. Make checks payable to OU Foundation Juli Busken Scholarship, P.O. Box 5672, Norman, OK 73072-5672.

Any questions regarding this press release and/or information can be addressed to Meghan McCormick, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, community liaison/public information officer. McCormick can be reached at (405) 701-8847.