The deadline to enter the tournament is March 4.
McGinnis needs to raise at least $500 to pay for the trip. He's
raised more than $300 already, through bake sales, rummage sales and
a pancake breakfast.
"We need players, and it doesn't matter how good they are,"
McGinnis said. "This is a scramble, so everybody on the team gets to
hit from where the best ball landed. If you're a new golfer, you can
still help by being there."
Trophies will be awarded to the top players, and participants will
receive door prizes, McGinnis said.
Students who take the bus trip will camp out in tents along the
American River and learn about the lives of gold miners in the area
in 1848. Part of the eighth-grade curriculum is to learn about the
westward movement during the 1840s and `50s, McGinnis said.
Students will also visit the Capitol and meet legislators like
State Sen. Jack Scott (D-Glendale) and will visit the state Assembly
during session. The main focus of the visit will be to teach students
about citizenship and how state government works, McGinnis said.
The group of students and nine chaperons will finish the trip on a
sweet note by stopping to visit the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield,