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Spots still open for Labor Day golf tourney

August 21, 2013
by ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Attention golfers! There are still spots available for Butch and Jan's 14th annual Labor Day Charity Golf Scramble, which will take place at Alden Pines Country Club. The golf scramble will benefit Pine Island charities.

Jan Green said 14 years ago she asked Butch (Waring) what he wanted to do on Labor Day. He replied, "Let's get a few people together and play golf."

That first year attracted 24 players.

"The next year is when we decided to turn the get-together into a charity event. Working together with the Kiwanis Club," Green said. The event was called the Steve Dunlap Memorial Tournament, which raised $1,000 for a Kiwanis scholarship.

Green said they also started donating $1,000 to the Pine Island Moose Lodge in Dunlap's name for the scholarship as well. The Kiwanis Club and Moose Lodge benefited with scholarships for about five years.

Then they changed from awarding scholarships to benefiting charities. This year the winning team of the golf scramble will choose the island charity to receive the proceeds. She said in years past the teams have decided to give money to F.I.S.H., Beacon of H.O.P.E. and an individual who was experiencing medical problems.

Fact Box

If You Go:

What: Butch & Jan's 14th annual Labor Day Charity Golf Scramble

When: Monday, Sept. 2 with shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Alden Pines Country Club, 14261 Clubhouse Drive in Bokeelia

Fee: $30 per person collected at 8:00 am

"We helped her through a tough time there," Green said.

She said over the years they have given away more than $17,000 to island charities.

The biggest scramble they have held since its inception featured 123 players and the smallest occurred three years ago with 84 players.

"Come out and play," Green said.

The event will be held Labor Day, Sept. 2, with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. at Alden Pines Country Club, 14261 Clubhouse Drive, in Bokeelia. Players are encouraged to have their team at the country club by 8 a.m. for check-in.

The registration fee is $30 per person. That fee includes $5 that goes towards the prize money, $5 that goes towards a Pine Island charity and the remaining $20 goes towards the fees of playing golf.

A team of four can play in the tournament. If an individual does not have a team, he/she will be paired up with others.

Players will be playing for first and second place. A drawing will be held for the third and fourth place winners.

There will be cash prizes for the longest drive for men, the longest drive for women, two closest to the pins for men, two closest to the pin for women and closest to the line for men and women

They will also have a 50/50 drawing and door prizes (donations for door prizes welcome)

There will be four cash winners: One each for the first and second place winners and a drawing for the third and fourth place winners.

The winning team will choose a Pine Island charity to receive the charity portion of the monies collected.

Contact Butch or Jan at 239-283-3669 for additional information.



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