Golf tournament to raise money for VR tech for C4K

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A special golf tournament coming up on Monday will raise money to help area youth.

The Albemarle County Rotary Club will be hosting the Kids Swing Golf Tournament at Glenmore Country Club.

The tournament will feature youth and adult golfers playing in teams, and money raised will provide college scholarships for local students and new virtual reality tools for youth at Computers4Kids.

"We are honored to be the beneficiary of this event," said Kala Somerville, the executive director of C4K. "Our youth have demonstrated a strong affinity for Virtual Reality design. Rotary's investment in our VR capabilities will allow our students more opportunities to learn hands-on, project-based applications plus experience, design and collaboratively develop VR applications."

The VR industry is expected to increase its market size from $2.2 billion U.S. in 2017 to more than $19 billion by 2020.

And as the industry grows, more companies are looking to enter the market, generating an increased demand for skilled software engineers, VR developers, project managers, designers and other positions.

The new VR hardware and software will allow mentors at C4K and the youth they help to design, develop and collaborate on various VR projects, which can include programming, game design, electrical engineering, and robotics.

Registration for the tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. Monday and includes 18 holes of play with a cart, a buffet lunch, on-course refreshments, contests, prizes and a raffle.

Registration for an adult player is $150, but kids play for free.

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