The efforts by the local Heart of Texas Golf Association to expand the Brady course by nine holes got a shot in the arm last week with the public announcement of a $50,000 donation by local businessman Ed Davenport. According to HOTGA president Joy Millsap, the donation was simply a promise Davenport made several years ago when he and others began researching the possibility of expanding the course to 18 holes. “The $50,000 donation is earmarked to be used in procuring a water source for the course’specifically in drilling a well that can be used for irrigation,” said Mrs. Millsap. “Ed has always been a big supporter of the course expansion project and this is a good indicator to the community of how things are moving along with the overall plans.” With the $50,000 donation, the association has procured a drilling permit and is currently in the planning stages of actually getting the well drilled and cased. The association is also moving forward with several projects related to the course expansion, including the construction of a small pavilion and also a new pipe fence along the boundaries of the highway frontage. HOTGA board members addressed the McCulloch County industrial Foundation last week during its monthly meeting and requested $70,000 to help with debt service on the note for the land that has already been purchased. The request was made as part of an overall plan to move the association toward having an in kind value of nearly $400,000. With funds already in the bank as well as commitments for services and all combined donations, the group expects to reach that level by midsummer. The MCIF appointed a small committee to review the options available which will present a recommendation to the MCIF at its next meeting in March.