Tuesday, August 29, 2006
By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
August 16, 2006
Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you can beat the pro or not.
Thirty-three teams of golfers turned out to play for charity at Indian Creek Golf Course Saturday morning. The golfers were raising money for scholarships for the Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation, and every dollar they put into the event helped the cause.
That included the five dollars that many players shelled out to try and beat course pro Dennis Dolan at the tenth hole. For most, the five dollars simply ended up being a sunk cost as Dolan consistently dropped his shots onto the green, while many golfers sent their shots flying into the trees and brush.
However,. a few did manage to win a sleeve of Nike golf balls by beating Dolan, and even for those who failed there was a consolation a prize: a bag of tees and getting to putt off of Dolan’s ball.
To make things more fair, Dolan even walked the 134 yards from the tee to the green every time he shot to recover his ball and take it back up to the tee to prepare for the next challengers.
Regardless of the outcome the money all went to a good cause, and the golfers could look forward to free pizza on the eleventh hole and a banquet and raffle following the event.
“This is a great benefit,” said Monique Montaino, representing Embarq, which sponsored the Beat the Pro hole. “Things are really booming and growing.”
Three teams from the Hood River Thursday summer league entered the tournament. The Thursday league first played in the tournament five years ago and won the tournament that year.
Since then, then have been trying to get back to the top. On Saturday they came close but just could not get over the hump.
“We had two teams at nine-under (par) and another at seven-under,” Chris Emerson Sr. said. “We just couldn’t quite close it out.”
The Thursday leaguers raised over $1,000 for the event and had a great time doing it, even though they couldn’t pull out the win this year.
On the whole, the event pulled in more than the $16,000 raised last year, according to event coordinator Darlene Marich.
“It was fantastic,” Marich said. “I heard nothing but compliments.”
Winners at the tournament included Marilyn Urness and Bill Swanson, who won the women’s and men’s closest to the pin, respectively, and Nancy Slusher and Matt Gable, who won the longest drive.
Hudson Insurance won first place for low gross score, and Rowe and Demming’s team won first place low net.
Abruzzo Italian Grill took second place low gross while Kiwi Construction took second for low net.
In third place for low gross was Windermere Glenn Taylor Realtors with the DLR Group A team finishing in third place for low net.
“We had a good time,” Marich said. “People were all smiles.”
Even if they couldn’t beat the pro.
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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge