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Golf tournament to benefit youth golfers this weekend

By Bill Gatchel | Jun 23, 2017
Photo by: Bill Gatchel Gabe Crall, member of the Men’s Twilight Golf League, takes a putt on the green. The League is holding a three-person best shot tournament Sunday, June 25, to benefit youth golfers in the area.

Although golf tournaments have been held before, there is one Sunday which will help area youth participating in the sport.

A three-person best shot tournament is being held Sunday, June 25, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. at the Washington Golf & Country Club.

This type of tournament is where three people each tee off at the hole and they will then play the best shot from the three players from there, all the way to the cup.

“It’s a fun tournament,” says Chuck Doughty. “You can take three average golfers and make one good golfer out of them since you are using all of their best shots.

“It seems like more people started playing that way rather than stroke play all the way through. It makes it a little more fun and you don’t beat yourself up over bad shots.”

The purpose of the tournament is to help youth golfers in the area.

“The men’s association feels very strongly toward the youth because they are our future,” Doughty says. “We are trying to help them out a little bit with expenses, like maybe enough to buy some golf balls. Golf is not a cheap sport. They travel a lot and take part in a lot of tournaments and other such items.

“I was in Arizona and was talking with the high school girls coach, Leonard Kull, about this. He said ‘that anything would help.’ So, we at the men’s association, thought it was something we could do to give back to them.

The community merchants have been gracious in support.

“They get hit for everything that happens,” Doughty says, “but they’ve been helpful. We’ve also asked for hole sponsors or silent auction items.”

Doughty is hoping for many golfers to attend.

“We are hoping for 45 golfers, but we would like to have 60 players or 20 teams. We will have three flights taking part.”

After the first round at 9 a.m., everyone will eat lunch, then play another nine holes.

Doughty says there might be a few spot prizes, but all prizes will be awarded at the end as well as the announcement of the silent auction winners.

It’s still not too late to sponsor a hole or donate silent auction items, either. You can contact Chuck at 319-461-8027 for more information.

Even though the men’s league is holding the event, it’s open to everyone.

“That’s why it’s a three-person event,” Doughty said with a grin. “In the past, we’ve had some high-school players play as well. It’s for anybody that wants to play.”

While tournaments like this have been held before, this is the first one the men’s league has sponsored.

“Since this is the first one for us, we know it will have to build up. The Matbackers have a very successful tournament in the fall. This is similar to that.”

Doughty is looking forward to the event.

“The weather is supposed to be great; that will make it nice. The Club is looking forward to having the event as well.”

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