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Golf tournament tees off for kids’ park

By: Don Chaddock Telegraph Managing Editor
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A day of Folsom golf could result in someone sitting at lunch with a congressman. The Rotary Club of Historic Folsom is slated to hold their annual golf tournament on June 11 at Empire Ranch Golf Course. Organizers are going for an Old West theme, complete with mining outfits, at the tournament. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start hits the course at 1:30 p.m. The club reports that merchants have really gotten behind the cause, the Folsom Play for All park. In addition to golf, the fundraiser will also sport an auction and raffle. “We’ve seen some great donations from local businesses,” said Ron Ureel. “We have a date night, hotel stays, rounds of golf, a week in Malibu, transportation to San Francisco to see the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints, and lunch with Rep. Dan Lungren. We have a lot of other items as well that people can bid on.” He said the Folsom Historic District Merchants Association and other small businesses, such as Sutter Street Theatre, have also pitched in. Golfers who participate will also receive a voucher for a free 90-minute golf lesson. David Sacco, one of the organizers, said many of the volunteers will be decked out in period costumes. “What we’re doing is we’ll have volunteers in a Western theme outfit,” Sacco said. “We’ll have a sheriff and a couple of gold miners, all Old West.” Even some high school kids are getting in on the action. “People can expect to be greeted by some Rotary members and members of the high school Interact Club. They’ll get a goodie bag with a sleeve of golf balls and other golf-related items such as tees and sunscreen,” Sacco said. “There is stuff they can use for the tournament or save and use for another time. They’ll also have lunch that will be provided by Subway with a cookie and chips.” Each golfer will also have a photo taken of their foursome to be given to them at the end of the tournament, according to Sacco. We’ll also have a prize for the first place team and a million-dollar hole-in-one, which will take place right after the tournament and before dinner. “There will be three people who can take a shot at the hole-in-one,” Sacco said. “They will be chosen at random.” The Rotary Club of Historic Folsom is providing dinner after the tournament and awards will be handed out at that time. Raffle and auction items will also happen during dinner, he said. “This is a great thing for Folsom,” said club president Jim Garity. “The funds raised will go toward the second phase of the Play for All park.” The park allows children with physical challenges to be able to play alongside other children. The first phase was dedicated recently at Folsom City Lions Park. * * * KNOW AND GO What: Gold Rush Invitational Golf Tournament When: 1:30 p.m., Friday, June 11 Where: Empire Ranch Golf Course, Folsom Cost: $100 per golfer Info: goldrushinvitational.com, (916) 799-9492