CO Springs hosts two benefit golf tournaments

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The Pikes Peak Center on Deafness, a 501 (C) 3 organization in the Springs’ area since 1979, will hold its third annual golf tournament September 24 at Woodmoor Pines Country Club. The shotgun scramble begins at 9 a.m. with an awards luncheon to be held at 1 p.m.

Money raised from hole sponsorship has not yet been tallied, but the cost per hole begins at $1,500, said Frank White. White is a member of the Woodman Valley Sertoma Club, an organization that helps the PPCOD organize this annual fundraising event. Sponsors receive hole signage as well as newspaper advertising.

Perkins Motor City Dodge is sponsoring three hole-in-ones with an automobile at one hole, an golf bag at another and airline tickets at the third — all totaling nearly $30,000. The Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado is contributing $5,000 and the Woodman Valley Sertoma Club donates $1,000.

The cost for an individual to play the 18 holes is $150 and the cost for a four-some is $500. The first year of the golf tournament, the PPCOD raised nearly $5,000. Last year, more than $5,000 was raised. White hopes to raise about $10,000 this year.

Last year, about 46 people participated in the event. White is expecting about 72 participants this year although the course can accommodate 92. The average cost per person for play and lunch is about $60 per person, said White. Revenue will go directly into PPCOD programs such as interpreter’s costs and office rental.

Local business addresses national concern

The Colorado Springs division of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation “Race for the Cure” can look forward to another donation this year from the Bronco Billy’s 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to be held September 24 at Pike Creek Golf Club.

The tournament brought in $19,800 last year and nearly $101,000 to date, said Michelle Fouts, marketing director for Bronco Billy’s Casino.

Last year’s attendance tallied 92 and Fouts is hoping for at least 100 this year, Although the golf course could accommodate 120 golfers. The cost per player is $150 with $250 as a hole sponsor. The tournament drew 36 sponsors last year but, so far, has drawn only 18 this year. The $900 executive value package includes play for four golfers, hole sponsorship, identification in the program guide, extra raffle tickets and two excuses for a bad drive — also known as mulligans.

“Now, it’s crunch time,” said Fouts, who added that, after two months of searching, she needs to fill the vacant slots of sponsors and golfers. “The more I get of both of those, the more money I raise.”

Registration begins at 8 a.m. as well as a putting contest. The shotgun start is at 9 a.m. followed by a 1 p.m. luncheon with awards such as low net, low gross, two longest drives and closest to the pin.

Also at the luncheon will be a raffle that includes hotels and casino overnight stays, dinner packages, Michael Garman artwork, lift tickets to Monarch ski area and various golf packages. Between 50 and 75 items are included in the raffle.

The live auction will include an Avalanche suite for one game for 14 people and a three-night travel package in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.