One Good Turn More Important Than Ever 2009: Scarcity Affects

One good turn more important than ever

The scarcity affects non-profits and charities as acutely as any other entity, but at least we have a partial remedy for that: play golf!
The season of healthy outdoor recreation combined with good works is at hand again, a particular pleasing stimulus package that blends the generous with the sybaritic. And there’s no need to wait players can open their wallets and tee off as early as Friday, May 15, when the 10th annual The Gathering Place Golf Tournament launches this year’s schedule of charity tournaments at the Brattleboro Country Club. As in several previous years, I’m chairing this particular outing, so I’m duty bound to note, without prejudice mind you, that it is the best as well as the first, but as many of you as possible should come to form your own opinions. And in any case, all the tournaments represent good causes that deserve support. Most follow a similar format of shotgun starts and best ball scrambles — teams using the best ball on every stroke — with bonus contests (closest to the pin, longest drive, putting games for big bucks), a chance to win a car with a hole-in-one. There’s a meal or two, and raffle, door and auction prizes at the awards The Gathering Place tournament is different in a couple of ways — we play a Texas scramble — using the best drive, and then having everyone play out their ball from there, which is usually a little more pleasing for the avid golfers in the group, but still pressure-free for the occasional player. Secondly, we add the thrill of the Stableford system of scoring: one point for a bogey, two for a par, three for a birdie, four for eagle, just to keep things lively. I usually manage to scare up a decent haul of golfing loot to give away, and this year is no exception, with clubs, apparel, and golf rounds among the goods up for grabs. Hyundai of Keene is putting up the car I’d love to win with a hole-in-one (truth be told, I’d be happy just scoring an ace).
All proceeds benefit The Gathering Place adult day program in Brattleboro, and while we certainly welcome walkups, there’s still time to sign up before May 15. Registration begins that day at 11 a.m., and we tee off at noon. Call me at 348-7992 for more information, or Lynn Bedell at The Gathering Place, 254-6559 ()

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