For the nineteenth year, the annual Shot in the Dark golf tournament will be held at the Bearkat course on Friday, May 20. This event consists of two rounds, with a dinner served between each round. Nine holes will be played during the day and nine holes will be played at night with lighted golf balls. Entrants will compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. There are 36 teams with 144 players this year. One of the highlights will be a helicopter drop, sponsored by Bill Fick Ford. For Ray Hernandez, CEO of the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce, this is his third year at the tournament.

“This is an opportunity to showcase our community and our long-standing relationship with the Bearkat course. This is a huge networking event for local business owners and residents, as well as guests from surrounding areas. It’s a unique event with a very tough course, and we have great support from SHSU,” said Hernandez.

During the helicopter drop, the pilot will drop 600 balls onto the course, each numbered to win cash prizes for the buyer if they land in or near the hole. The first winner will receive one thousand dollars. Second place will receive $500 and $250 will go to third place. Entrants do not need to be present to win. Call the Walker County Chamber of Commerce in Huntsville at 936.295.8113 for details.

Because this is such a popular event, team spots are sold out, but the public is always welcome. Golf carts available on the course for spectators are limited. Bearkat Course, formerly known as Raven’s Nest, is located at 457 I-45 between the southbound freeway and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. For more information about the course, visit or call 936.294.4653.