By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
August 16, 2006
Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you can beat the pro or not.
Thirty-three teams of golfers turned out to play for charity at Indian Creek Golf Course Saturday morning. The golfers were raising money for scholarships for the Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation, and every dollar they put into the event helped the cause.
That included the five dollars that many players shelled out to try and beat course pro Dennis Dolan at the tenth hole. For most, the five dollars simply ended up being a sunk cost as Dolan consistently dropped his shots onto the green, while many golfers sent their shots flying into the trees and brush.
However,. a few did manage to win a sleeve of Nike golf balls by beating Dolan, and even for those who failed there was a consolation a prize: a bag of tees and getting to putt off of Dolan’s ball.
To make things more fair, Dolan even walked the 134 yards from the tee to the green every time he shot to recover his ball and take it back up to the tee to prepare for the next challengers.
Regardless of the outcome the money all went to a good cause, and the golfers could look forward to free pizza on the eleventh hole and a banquet and raffle following the event.
“This is a great benefit,” said Monique Montaino, representing Embarq, which sponsored the Beat the Pro hole. “Things are really booming and growing.”
Three teams from the Hood River Thursday summer league entered the tournament. The Thursday league first played in the tournament five years ago and won the tournament that year.
Since then, then have been trying to get back to the top. On Saturday they came close but just could not get over the hump.
“We had two teams at nine-under (par) and another at seven-under,” Chris Emerson Sr. said. “We just couldn’t quite close it out.”
The Thursday leaguers raised over $1,000 for the event and had a great time doing it, even though they couldn’t pull out the win this year.
On the whole, the event pulled in more than the $16,000 raised last year, according to event coordinator Darlene Marich.
“It was fantastic,” Marich said. “I heard nothing but compliments.”
Winners at the tournament included Marilyn Urness and Bill Swanson, who won the women’s and men’s closest to the pin, respectively, and Nancy Slusher and Matt Gable, who won the longest drive.
Hudson Insurance won first place for low gross score, and Rowe and Demming’s team won first place low net.
Abruzzo Italian Grill took second place low gross while Kiwi Construction took second for low net.
In third place for low gross was Windermere Glenn Taylor Realtors with the DLR Group A team finishing in third place for low net.
“We had a good time,” Marich said. “People were all smiles.”
Even if they couldn’t beat the pro.