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Local golfers raise money for 'Clothes for Kids'

<p>Anthony Jaynes / Special to the Pahrump Valley Times - John Whitaker teeing off at the first hole at the Lake View Executive 18-hole golf course during the “Clothes for Kids Fundraiser,” a charitable organization geared to raising money to buy clothes for underprivileged kids.</p>

Anthony Jaynes / Special to the Pahrump Valley Times - John Whitaker teeing off at the first hole at the Lake View Executive 18-hole golf course during the “Clothes for Kids Fundraiser,” a charitable organization geared to raising money to buy clothes for underprivileged kids.

The weather was spectacular for the second annual “Clothes for Kids” fundraiser tournament held at the Lake View Executive Golf Course. The tournament consisted of a scramble tournament shotgun start approach where players are spread out through each of the 18 holes and work their way back to their original starting hole. The completion of the golf game takes approximately 3 1/2 hours.

Tee off started sharply at 9 a.m. and at the completion of the tournament participants were greeted with a luncheon and awards ceremony, where prizes were distributed. Keoki’s Wings and Things catered the luncheon and Nye County coalition donated chairs and tables for the event.

After the luncheon there was a silent raffle where sponsors of the event contributed prizes to help the event raise money to help local children in need of clothing.

Lee Jolley, one of the 67 owners of the Lake View Executive Golf Course organized the event.

“The idea came about when I was talking to one of my friends who was a teacher at Hafen Elementary School. My friend expressed that there was a large amount of children who were in need of clothes among other things. Through word-of-mouth the idea for fundraiser took on a life of its own,” Jolley said.

The event coordinators charged $50 per person. If you were an annual member or a punch cardholder you received a discounted rate of $32. There was also a cup sponsorship where advertisement from local businesses was placed on a small sign at each of the 18 holes. If you went in as a team you were charged $240 thus creating a small discount for registering for the event.

The proceeds of the event were being collected and distributed by Linda Fitzgibbons who works for the Nye County School District. She said that the proceeds were going to be distributed to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Children Activity Fund. This year the organization has identified 266 needy children.

“This event primarily focuses on funding for clothing of these children,” Fitzgibbons said.

This year a second organization was brought into the fundraiser. “Court Appointed Special Advocates” which is an organization that caters to the needs of foster children. The CASA will be receiving half the proceeds from the event.

Doug Shaw was the MC for the event. He helped with pulling tickets for the raffle and presenting the prizes. There were 51 participants in the tournament. The fundraising event generated $3,415 for the local charities.

Tournament winners won the following prizes: First Place winners won a free round of golf from Mountain Falls Golf Course. Second place winners won a free round of golf from Lake View Executive Golf Course. There was also a “closest to pin” contest where winners were awarded gift certificates from various merchants.

The first-place winners who were a team:

The Misfits: Jim Hamm, Paul Claypool, Bruce Britt, Bobby Owens with a total score of (50)

The second place winners:

The Owens Family: Mark and Elliott Owen with a total score of (51)

Closest to Pin 9 winners:

For the men was Eric Albertson and for the women was Karen Cornu.

Closest to Pin 14 winners:

For the men was Josh Schlotzsky and for the women was Charlene Riley.

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