Fund-raising golf tourney sees ace |

Fund-raising golf tourney sees ace

Mike Traum

It could’ve been the ultimate birthday present. Jeff Gouge aced the 17th hole during the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe Benefit Golf Classic on Wednesday at Lake Tahoe Golf Course. And like many fund-raising tournaments, there were automobile prizes being offered on certain par-3s for a hole in one.

But Gouge, who turned 28 on Wednesday, perfected a hole which wasn’t stipulated for a car-winning shot.

“I was bummed out because of the car thing. I think they were joking with me, but (organizers) said they were going to put a car on that hole but decided not to at the last minute because there wasn’t anywhere to park it,” said Gouge, a front office manager at Embassy Suites who hit a 9-iron on the 110-yard 17th. “It bounced once about eight feet away and rolled uphill into the cup. My group was ecstatic.”

Gouge, who won nothing for the shot, got off easy, having to buy just two “pitchers” for the group of benefit participants in the clubhouse after the round. A playing partner plans to mount the ball and divot for Gouge, who became at least the third player to record an ace in a benefit tournament this summer.

In other tournament action, 76 golfers competed with the team of Dave Rowe, Roger Crist, Ted Jackson and Rex Patterson taking first place with a scramble score of 13 under. John Lentz, Mike McMurtry, Tom Lesch and Bill Larson were second at 11 under, while a scorecard playoff gave Rick Moore, Even Williams, Dave Beeman and Gerry Winn third place at 11 under.

“It was a great day of fun and games,” said Brad Bennett, president of the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club, whose group raised approximately $5,000. “This is our main fund-raiser. It’ll help a lot for the program and keeps things going for the kids in town.”

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