A golfing benefit at which even lousy golfers can excel will be played Saturday, May 20, at Black Rock Creek Golf Course in Sunnyside.
In past years, the annual Golf 'Fore' Life fund-raiser has provided outrageous fun and a ton of prizes, in addition to a spring day on the greens. This year promises to equal or surpass the 2005 benefit, which raised more than $20,000 for the Lower Valley Pregnancy Center.
"For every $400 over the $200 entry fee, the score goes down a point for the golfer, so you can be a really lousy golfer, but, if you raise a lot of money, you can still win. And a gift package will be given to each golfer," said Jan McDonald, executive director of the Grandview-based center.
McDonald is putting her creative skills to work to come up with a Grand Prize that has never been awarded in the past.
"And we have a scramble format that will offer fabulous prizes, such as airline tickets, golfing packages, delicious dinners, theatre tickets, limited editions of Kincaid prints that came straight from Kincaid at Morgan Hill," McDonald said.
Tee-time will be at 7:30 a.m. on May 20th, with the greens fee, a golf cart and lunch included in the non-refundable registration fee.
Golfers are encouraged to form their own four-man teams, but McDonald said "we'll find a way to let them golf," if individuals show up.
There are a few gimmicks planned to pave the path to the winner's circle for golfers who may have grown a little rusty-or, perhaps, never were at the top of the game.
"A golfer can buy a mulligan, which allows them to take a bad shot over, or they can buy putting string. If a golfer has a five-foot putt, but has bought five feet of string, it could be used to put the yourself in the hole and not take the putt," said McDonald.
"And it's to a golfer's advantage to find people who want to donate to the center. It's to their advantage to bring in more money, and it's to our advantage too!," she added.
"In addition to a day of golf on a great course, participants will have the satisfaction of knowing their efforts are supporting a critical ministry in this valley," she said.
To register, contact McDonald, the head scrambler, at 509-882-1899.
The Lower Valley Pregnancy Center offers a variety of services to Lower Valley communities.
Among them are an abstinence program in all schools from Benton City to Toppenish and an after-school girls' club that emphasizes positive life skills on a weekly basis.
The center's purpose is to offer options and consultations to anyone who is pregnant, especially to women who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy.
"We do not refer for or offer abortions," said McDonald.
They do offer free pregnancy testing to any woman who suspects she might be pregnant and, starting in May, the center will begin to offer ultra sound screenings.