HR golfers excel at Founder’s Cup

Four stealthy swinging local golfers found their groove in a big way last Saturday to win the third-annual Founder’s Cup, held at Indian Creek Golf Course.

Team A from the Thursday Twilight league, made up of Bill and Caroline DeBorde, Tony Meierbachtol and John Bryan, posted a score of 53.25 to win the cup and $600.

Finishing just behind Team A in the four-person scramble was a team from Abruzzo Italian Grill. Glen Pearce, Gordon Mayer, Andrew Pearce and Todd Tegman combined for a score of 54.87 to win $300 and barely edge out the third-place State Farm Insurance team of Doug Sawyer, Doug Tum-ilson, Dean Wilcox and Brett Myers, who shot 55 to win $200.

Papa Murphy’s Pizza and Dan Homer Construction rounded out the top five, with Hood River Team B (Chris Emerson Jr., Kelly Emerson, Alex Bryan and Dennis Harris), also of the Twilight league, taking sixth place overall.

“We were very pleased to see our teams perform so well,” said Twilight league coordinator Chris Emerson Sr. “Considering that this was our first year, this is really great. It gives us added incentive to sponsor another team next year.”

Emerson hopes that the Thursday adult league will continue to grow in 2003 so a third team entry will be possible. Each Founder’s Cup entry costs $200, with all the proceeds going toward the Columbia Gorge Community College Scholarship Fund.

“Instead of rewarding ourselves with the money from our league dues, we wanted to establish a tradition of giving back to the community,” Emerson said. “We hope to contribute even more next year.”

The third-annual tournament, sponsored by CGCC and DLR

Architecture, hosted 36 teams and brought in $13,000 this year — two numbers that organizers expect will grow in years to come.

“We’re really trying to make this a big event,” said tournament coordinator Darlene Marick, who also helped organize a silent auction to raise money for the fund. “The community support from throughout the Gorge has been very encouraging.”

Also contributing to the event’s success were C.H. Urness Motors of The Dalles, which offered a 2002 Dodge for a hole-in-one (no winner), Papa Murphy’s Pizza, which handed out free pizza on Hole No. 14, and Divots Restaurant, which served a buffet lunch.

The tournament format was a four-person best-ball scramble, and included separate contests for Long Drive and Closest to Pin, as well as “Beat the Pro” and putting contests throughout the afternoon.

C.J. Toole had the longest drive for the men, while Sara Cowles outdrove the rest of the women’s field. Closest to pin winners were Dan Stelma, Shirley Dahlgren, Sue Jepson and Kevin Larroque.

Former Hood River Valley High School star Mike Roberts (shown above) took on $5 challenges as the resident pro.

“Everything about this year’s tournament was really great,” Marick said. “I don’t know if we can top it next year, but we’re sure going to try.”

For more information about the Founder’s Cup or the CGCC Scholarship fund, call 541-298-3128.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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