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High school golf teams receive funds from June tournament

By Bill Gatchel | Aug 07, 2017
Photo by: Bill Gatchel Members of the Men’s Twilight Golf League present Washington High School girls golf coach Len Kull (front row, left) and assistant boys coach Collin Stark (front row, right) a check for $1,000 that was raised in a tournament June 25.

Thanks to a fundraising event held in June, youth golfers in Washington will have the chance to afford some of the extras associated with the game.

High school girls coach Len Krull says the girls’ team is grateful for the donation.

“We truly appreciate the money,” he says. “It’s my opinion, it takes money to be a good team. You need to look sharp.

“You need to be able to go and practice and periodically you have to pay to go to tournaments that have an entry fee.

“We appreciate the amount of effort that the school does, but it’s limited.

“One thing we get is range finders. Those are becoming almost invaluable. Now, almost everybody has them and it pays dividends for us.

“The girls really appreciate the support from guys like Chuck Doughty who coordinated the fundraising activity.

“At the end of the golf season, he mentioned this was something along with a former groundskeeper he wanted to do. He put in a lot of time and effort into it.

“It just got off the ground for the first year and hopefully we will be able to sustain this and continue with it. Chuck deserves the credit.”

Assistant boys coach Collin Stark agrees.

“Chuck deserves the credit for what he did for the golf programs. Not only for what Chuck did, but we are grateful to the Washington Golf & Country Club for letting us use their course for our programs.

“It definitely helps us and I’m sure we’ll be able to find something we can use the money for to build the program and continue the success we hope to have.”

Having tournaments at the course is beneficial for future golfers as well, Stark says.

“I know there were quite a few younger kids that took part in the tournament,” he says.

“By having these tournaments at the course, it helps develops those kids that are coming up and gets them to play more and more; it will help our program in the future.”

“I agree with that,” Kull says. “We’ve had a lot of interest in the last couple years from both boys and girls.

“The players put a lot of time in during the summer to keep getting better and it’s paid off in our tournaments.”

Looking forward next year, the event will happen again.

“It will be a little bit more involved,” Kull says, “as we try to get this to become a sustaining event. I’m looking forward to that.”

The Men’s Twilight Golf League donated a total of $1,000 to the Washington High School golf program.

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