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United Way charity golf tourney planned by BR senior

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Bear River’s Allyson Harvie wanted to do a senior project that would somehow benefit children.

An accomplished golfer, to say the least, Harvie decided on putting on a charity golf tournament. Funny thing was, another golfer at Bear River was also working on a charity golf event for his senior project.

Harvie and Steve Chan pooled their idea and their resources to organize Saturday’s event named the 2002 Charity Gold Tournament, a benefit for the United Way of Nevada County and its agencies.

“We’ve never had teen-agers approach us before, offering to put on a golf tournament for our benefit,” said Jan Bray, executive director of the United Way of Nevada County. “We have really enjoyed this opportunity to work with them, because they are both truly incredible.”

The tournament, which will benefit the United Way and member agencies Big Brothers Big Sister and the Sierra Adoption Services, will be held Saturday at the Alta Sierra Golf & Country Club.

The charity event, which begins with registration at 11 a.m., still has tee times available for the four-person scramble format. The fee to participate in the tournament, including unlimited range balls and an awards banquet, is $115. Club members may participate for $72.

In addition, tee sponsorships are still being accepted. Please call 274-3312 for more information on sponsorships. For information on registering to play or simply to donate to the cause, one can contact the country club at 273-2010.

Harvie said the goal for her and Chan is to raise $5,000. The pair broke up the workload that comes with such a project along geographical lines, with Harvie doing the public relations work in Grass Valley, Chan in Auburn.

Harvie said the reception to the tournament has been well received.

“This has been a lot of work,” said Harvie, who finished third in the state tournament this year and will play for nationally-ranked Ohio State next year. “It sometimes is frustrating, because you have to stay on top of it, but it has taught me a side of golf I haven’t actually experienced before.”

Harvie is much more accustomed to being in the tournaments, not running them. This summer, Harvie said she may try to qualify at 12 Bridges in Lincoln for an LPGA open event, and perhaps join the Buckeyes for a tournament in Japan – her first international event. Chan has had the arduous task of juggling the final preparations for the charity event with a busy boys golf schedule that has the Bruins in the hunt for league honors.

“I’d do this again, if I had the chance,” Harvie said. “In fact, I was asked to help out with a United Way golf tournament this summer, and I hope to do so.”

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