Spots still available for Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe Golf Classic; tournament set for Oct. 12 at Edgewood Tahoe
Golfers looking to play Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course for the last time in 2015 can do so while supporting local youth. Approximately 40 spots are open for the 22nd annual Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe Golf Classic on Monday, Oct. 12. It’s a tournament that doubles as the primary fundraiser for the local nonprofit.
“It helps us because we can put the money wherever we need it,” said Jude Wood, executive director for Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe. “The doors would probably have to shut — it’s that big an amount of money, and it’s comparable to our budget.”
The tournament raised $44,000 for the club in 2014, and Wood said this year’s goal is to top $50,000. It is the local Boys and Girls Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and it provides unrestricted funding vital to its success — because Edgewood Tahoe donates the course and the food, 100 percent of the event’s proceeds go toward the club.
“Without this money, we could not keep the club open; it goes towards rent, staffing costs and basic operations,” Wood said. “Grant money can be very restrictive on what they cover, so any money we fundraise goes into filling the gaps.”
More than 500 local kids are members of the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, located at 1100 Lyons Ave., in South Lake Tahoe. The average daily attendance is 220 children, and the club’s programming includes homework assistance and enrichment education.
“All of it is about enhancing their learning and helping them stay on top, but they think it’s really good fun,” Wood said.
The 22nd annual classic is an all-day event at the South Shore’s most iconic course. For starters, it’s the last chance to hit the links at Edgewood Tahoe — the course closes for the season on Sunday, Oct. 11.
“It’s in great shape. It’s in the best shape it’s been — they got it rolling,” said event spokesperson Phil Weidinger. “From a golfer’s perspective, this is the best charity golf tournament in the area.”
The cost to play in the four-player scramble is $225, only $75 more than the course’s current weekday resort fee. And playing the course is just part of the experience that includes breakfast, dinner, beverages and a number of raffle prizes and auction items.
“There are more prizes in this tournament than you can believe,” Weidinger said. “If you don’t win a raffle prize here, it’s because you didn’t buy a raffle ticket.”
On the course, a hole-in-one at any of the course’s four par-3s will win $10,000 with half of the prize donated to the local Boys and Girls Club — each par-3 will also have a closest-to-the-pin competition. The event’s grand prize is a week’s vacation package at any Diamond Resorts International resort in the Continental U.S.
“It’s crazy,” Weidinger said. “There’s so much stuff going on.”
Highlights among the 40 auction prizes include golf packages in the Tahoe Basin, Northern California, Southern California and Arizona. And for those that don’t want to play, a $25 dinner option is available with the opportunity to bid on the auctions.
“What’s cool is that a lot of the prizes really show off what makes the South Shore so special,” Weidinger said. “The local support has been fantastic from a lot of the hotels and lodging facilities in town.”
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