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Charity tourney gets new locale

Walter Ford
Sports Editor

On June 4, the Sierra Services for the Blind golf tournament will celebrate it’s 10th year of existence by hosting its annual tourney at a special location.

For the first time in its decade long run the tournament will be hosted at the Winchester Country Club in Meadow Vista. Previously the tourney had been conducted at The Ridge Golf Club and at Dark Horse Golf Club.

Not only does the tournament support a good cause with all funds going to benefit the clients of the Sierra Services for the Blind, but it is one of the most enjoyable tournaments in the area, said Lane Tribe, who has played in all 10 tourney’s and is also a Sierra Services for the Blind client.

“It’s one of the best, most fun tournaments I’ve ever been involved with,” Tribe said.

The tourney made the move to the Winchester Country Club this year with the hopes drawing more participants then ever before.

The tourney traditionally draws 60-80 participants, most of which are returning players, but can accommodate up to 144 golfers, said event organizer and Sierra Services for the Blind executive director Richard Crandall.

“We’re a small non-profit and this is our major fundraiser for the year,” Crandall said.

The tourney has regularly raised about $4,000 for the local non-profit organization which offers counseling, transportation and education for the visually impaired in Nevada County and Auburn.

Just as in the previous nine years, the tourney will offer a multitude of extras, including mini-games, a raffle, an auction and a $10,000 hole in one contest. And, as has been the trend the last several years, the incomparable Mitch Juricich from TV’s Hooked on Golf will be the event’s master of ceremonies.

“(Juricich) is hilarious,” Crandall said. “The entertainment at this event is great. We always have a lot of fun.”

To enter the four-person scramble tourney the cost is $135 per participant and that includes a bag lunch, golf cart rental, a bucket of balls for warm up, putting contests, clinics and a banquet dinner. To play a round at the prestigious semi-private Winchester Country Club on a normal day would cost $125.

The winning team will win a free round at Winchester, and as always the last place team will receive the Ultimate Putter Award, which is a 9-pound sledge hammer that commemorates the worst from each year complete with a plaque noting their names.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but people can sign up the day of, and those interested can contact Crandall at 530-265-2121 or visit http://www.sierraservices.org to locate the registration form.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email wford@theunion.com.


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