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Optimistic golfer eyes the Optimist Golf Tournament

Jim Morgan

I played golf Sunday, and all things considered, didnt embarrass myself too much.Of course, its not like Ive set the standard very high.Ive told the story before about the nickname I got playing in a tournament a couple of years ago. About the fifth hole, one of the guys in my foursome, just after Id smashed another drive about 30 yards into the woods, looked over and drolly said, Nice shot there, Hoover.Hoover? I asked.Yeah, like the vacuum cleaner you know, as in you suck.It wasnt like I could argue with him. For the record, I broke 100 on Sunday. As I said, the standards not set real high, or given how they score golf, real low.Once upon a time I was a decent golfer. Not great, but good enough. I had a nice controlled fade and when I hit the ball it usually landed where Id planned.What happened?I broke three bones in my left arm and hand in a basketball game. So the next year I worked like the dickens to get my handicap down to the mid 20s. The fade was gone. My right hand overpowered the left and I hooked everything, well, about 30 yards into the woods.Then my twin brother came to visit. As you can imagine, were a bit competitive. He beat me, as they say down South, like a yard dog. That was about the time I decided how much more I liked fly-fishing than golf.But because I played reasonably well Sunday, Im thinking about playing in a golf tournament the second annual Summit Lake Dillon Optimist Club Tournament scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, in Breckenridge. It seems like a good way to officially welcome summer. The events major sponsor is FirstBank.Phil Heller, who with Jean Helmer, is chairing the event for the Optimists, says they still have several spots available and need some players.So, if youre a golfer and looking for a fun time then I suggest you sign up. All things considered, its a relatively inexpensive round of golf and the proceeds for the event the Optimists are hoping to raise $10,000 from the tournament, the barbecue and the silent auction that follows dinner will help fund the more than 40 Optimist programs in Summit County, including the clubs outstanding youth athletic activities. Heller is hoping that events like the golf tournament will over time generate enough money to establish a foundation to underwrite the continuing costs of the Optimists programs.For more information or to register, give Phil a call at (970) 485-0750 or Jean a call at (970) 668-0808. Theyll sign you up.So what do you get for your $100 registration fee?First, you get to play a terrific golf course in Breckenridge. The $100 covers the greens fees and cart, plus participants get a goody bag with a golf towel, golf balls, discount coupons you get the idea.Theres also a putting contest, longest drive contest and a chance to win a brand new SUV from Jim Hudson Chevrolet if you happen to get a hole in one. The tournament will use the Calloway handicap system. Unlike a captains choice or best ball tournament, each golfer plays his or her own ball through the entire 18 holes, then depending on ones handicap or skill level, the scores are leveled. For example, for someone who typically shoots a score of 100 or 105, they get to cut the score of their three worst holes.That approach has the double advantage of leveling the playing field and also allowing those golfers who, ahem, might wish to make a side wager to do so. (Hey, Im not advocating gambling just acknowledging reality. I mean you dont think the only thing at stake when my brother and I played was bragging rights do you?) To create a final bit of interest, therell be a blind draw after the tournament to match up teams to determine who wins the events top prizes.Following the tournament is a barbecue dinner at the Breckenridge Golf Course clubhouse. Cost for that is $20 a person ($5 for kids). Therell be live music by Millie and Rich Hamner and a silent auction. Among the items in the auction are a pheasant hunting trip to South Dakota, dinner for two at Keystone Ranch, two people will win a bottle of wine a month for a year from Dillon Ridge Liquor as well as other trips to fun places.So, if youre a golfer whos not a Hoover or even if you are sign up for the tournament. It promises to be a good time for a good cause.Publisher Jim Morgan writes a Tuesday column. He can be reached at(970) 668-3998, ext. 240, or jmorgan@summitdaily.com.


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