(April 1, 3:56 p.m.) The ninth year of a produce industry golf tournament that provides scholarships for children of migrant workers promises to raise more money for the cause.

The Sunripe Golf Classic, scheduled for April 12 at the Legacy Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., supports scholarships for migrant worker education. Funds raised from the benefit supports endowments at the Tampa, Fla.-based University of South Florida’s College of Education.

Last year’s event generated $112,000, and bumped cumulative industry contributions from the yearly benefit to $1.2 million.

Organizers expect 144 golfers to participate in the event that draws participants from throughout the U.S.

“It’s something that’s important that we give back to our community,” said Liz Esformes, vice president and co-owner of co-sponsor Pacific Tomato Growers Ltd., Palmetto, Fla. “It’s one of the most far reaching and important efforts that the industry does.”

Deadline for registering for this year’s tournament is April 1 though Pacific Tomato plans to accept late registrations, Esformes said.

The event also includes contests that feature gift certificates and sports-related prizes, Esformes said. NFL football defensive lineman Lee Roy Selmon, who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is scheduled to speak at the benefit’s lunch.

Other sponsors are Immokalee, Fla.-based Pacific Collier Fresh Co., Tracy, Calif.-based Pacific Triple E Produce Corp., and Heller Bros. Packing Corp., Winter Garden, Fla.