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Players needed for ‘Jailhouse Scramble’ golf tournament set for this Saturday

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POSTED June 12, 2009 1:46 a.m.
LATHROP – If you think a golf tournament is all about fun at the links, think again.
It’s also about people helping people even when the economy is bad like it is today, which makes those acts of kindness even more special.

At least, that is the case with the third annual golf tournament fund-raiser on Saturday at the French Camp Golf Course to benefit the Lathrop Sunrise Rotary’s scholarship program and the Hospice of San Joaquin. The event is sponsored by the Rotary and the San Joaquin County Correctional Officers Association.

Cheryl Airrington, the Rotary member who is in charge of the raffle prizes, said she is seeing “something different this year” in the donations being offered.

“It seems this year people are donating bigger items for family-oriented type of things. Things like family passes to the California Railroad Museum, the Moaning Caverns, the Winchester Mystery House, and tickets to the Stockton Lightning and to the Sacramento Kings (games),” Airrington said.

“We’ve gotten all kinds of stuff like that,” including family-size gift cards from restaurants, she said.

“I think it’s because everybody realizes that with the economy as it is, it’s a special treat for people to go out with their families,” Airrington said commenting about the prizes’ family-oriented nature this year.

But the one donation that left her nearly speechless came from the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Tracy. Tim Lund, the managing partner at the family-style dining destination in Tracy, has donated all the bags of peanuts for all the golfers since the launch of this tournament fund-raiser, Airrington said.

However, at the games this Saturday, the Tracy Texas Roadhouse will be providing lunch “for all the golfers for free, and he (Lund) will actually be barbecuing (the meat) on the premises,” she said.

“And he’ll still do the bags of peanuts like he did last year! So he just went above and beyond what he has always done for us especially since we don’t really have a catering budget,” an excited Airrington added.

“Of course, we’re doing this to help our local students and the Hospice and our people in the community are really going behind that and we appreciate them for wanting to make sure (the fund-raiser) is a success for the kids and the Hospice,” she said.

There are actually many more big-ticket raffle prizes awaiting golfers and non-players alike at the day of fun and philanthropy at the French Camp Golf Course in Manteca located just west of Highway 99 on French Camp Road.

One of the major prizes is a new Harley from Eagle’s Nest Harley Davidson of Lathrop for the Hole in One, while another is a new ATV from Delta Power Sports of Lathrop. Other prizes include $75 each for six “closest to the pin hole,” and $50 each for the “longest drive hole” among the men and women players. There will be a silent auction, more raffle prizes, and lots of freebees as well.

Snacks and cocktails are being provided by River Islands at Lathrop.

Airrington said they are still looking for a few more players. Cost is $90 per golfer or $350 for a foursome. However, “if they are just a couple of golfers, we can get them in other groups so it shouldn’t be a problem. But we encourage them to call us (today) to find out for sure.”

The fee will include a continental breakfast served starting at 7 a.m., beverages, cocktails, a snack bag, plus lunch consisting of tri-tip, chicken, pasta salad, and dessert. Players who bring along a guest for $25 per person will also be entitled to all the food including lunch and beverages.

Registration will start at 7 a.m. with tee off at 8 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.

Hole sponsorships are also available at $200 apiece. Sponsors will have the name of their company printed on a sign at the sponsored hole.

This year’s theme is “18 Holes for Hope: Together we can change the world.” All proceeds will be divided equally between the Hospice of San Joaquin and the Rotary Scholarship Programs.

The French Camp RV Golf Course is located at 3919 E. French Camp Road in Manteca.

 For more information on being a tournament sponsor or to sign up, call any of the following event contacts: Richard Valerio, (209) 327-9978; Scott Thomas, (209) 471-2751; Steve Dresser, (209) 982-1798; Cheryl Airrington, (209) 740-9007, and Terry Dell’Osso, (209) 470-7985.

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