John Wynn Open sign-ups under way |

John Wynn Open sign-ups under way

Almost anywhere golfers strike the ball in the John Wynn Open on Sept. 23 there will be dough on the line.

The 19th annual South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce fund-raiser golf tournament will offer players a chance to win a $15,0000 automobile, $10,000 in jewelry and $10,000 cash for acing a hole. And before the 18-hole event even begins, participants will have a shot at $2,500 on the putting green.

“It’s spectacular for the golfers in this area to have all that. The entire community really jumps into this. We are fortunate that the business community comes forward and we get lots and lots of prizes,” said Gail Taylor, president of the chamber and tournament director for the fifth time.

The $80 per person entry fee includes green costs, tee prizes, lunch and more fun. Foursomes are encouraged and singles are welcome. A barbecue lunch precedes the 1:30 p.m. shotgun start.

Most of the proceeds will go to the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, while Lake Tahoe Golf Course will donate a portion of the green fees to Casa El Dorado and Youth and Family Services.

“Those are two really viable organizations and it’s nice that we can help continue their efforts to making better lives for the kids in our community,” Taylor said.

Sponsoring hole in one prizes are Baker Automotive, Shehadi Motors and South Shore Motors – $15,000 auto; LJ’s Jewelry and Sunglass Time – $10,000 value; and Casteel Corporation and Factory Stores, $10,000 cash.

Additional shots at prizes will be in a Tahoe Daily Tribune closest to the pin contest, longest drive, golfer raffle and promotional slot pull sponsored by Harrah’s Tahoe.

Also, for the second straight year, entrants will have the opportunity to sink a putt for $2,500 in cash. The winner of a pretournament putting contest will collect $2,500 if he or she can jar a 50-foot putt.

While the event continues to be a winner with the community, Taylor would like to see some new faces accepting first prize this year.

“I’m putting a challenge out to all golfers to take away the title from the four-peat team from Roseville, so we can unseat them,” she said.

If you wish to donate a raffle prize, volunteer as a hole-in-one spotter, or would just like more information about the 18-hole four-player scramble tournament, phone (530) 541-5255.

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