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Golf tourney supports Manteca K-9
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It’s all for the police dogs – a canine golf tournament that will include Manteca officer Randy Chiek and his partner “Coal.” The event to be held at the 18-hole Manteca Golf Course is set for a shotgun start on Saturday, August 14. - photo by GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin
The Manteca Police Canine Unit is in need of funding – a scheduled golf tournament on August 14 is hoped to make a difference.

It will be the second annual event at the Manteca 18-hole Golf Course with a shotgun start at 7 a.m.  Officers are hoping they can expand the unit to six dogs over the coming months.   In addition to the cost of the trained dogs, equipment updates are also in need.

Officers routinely send their dogs into homes and offices when called out in answer to alarms.  Burglars have gained a respect for the four-legged officers and will often come out of a building without an officer having to go in and find them.

Officer Dale Goforth and his dog Gage recently located people in an attic in support of the SWAT team.  Gage was also the canine officer who found a holdout suspect in the Bank of America armed robbery last year.  Secreted behind insulation in an attic, the suspect attempted to inflict injury on Gage ending up with serious dog bites.

The fee for the tournament is set at $100 per golfer and includes green fees, a cart and lunch.  Half way through the tournament golfers are going to be treated with a hot dog and a soda.  The sitdown lunch in the Chez Shari dining room is featuring chicken and pasta.

Cabral Chrysler Jeep Dodge Suzuki is providing a new car for a lucky hole-in-one golfer.  Those who have the closest to the pin and the longest drive – male and female – will also receive prizes for their accomplishments.

Officer Randy Chiek said that everyone is encouraged to enter the tourney as a single player, a couple or as a foursome.  There will also be prizes for first and second place golfers as well as a foursome prize.

For more information contact the Manteca Police Department at 456-8100 and ask to talk to a canine handler.