Unique golf event at Eagle Valley Friday and Saturday
Eagle Valley Golf Course has been abuzz with activity as workers busily put the finishing touches on the new bar and banquet facility.
To celebrate remodeling and renovation, Eagle Valley has planned a golf extravaganza for Friday and Saturday, which includes a two-person best-ball golf tournament and a skills challenge which culminates with a $100.000 Hole-in-One-Shootout.
The skills challenge ($25 entry fee) will benefit the First Tee Foundation and Carson Advocates for Cancer Care.
The challenge was the brainchild of a new local business called Pleasepassthepoop.com which was started by Dayton’s Mike Walker, who has mantle lymphoma.
Walker hopes to raise several thousand dollars from this event and his ultimate goal is to raise $5 million for charity. When Walker found out he had cancer, he really started to focus on ways to raise money to fight the disease.
“There is no cure for my disease,” said Walker. “The doctor gave me two years to live and it’s been 18 months. I decided to try and raise money for cancer.”
“It’s a great concept,” said Eagle Valley general manager Jim Kepler. “I’ve known Mike for more than 20 years. He sits around and comes up with stuff like this (all the time).”
The skills contest involves a chipping contest, a putting contest, sand shots, a flop shot over a banner and hitting shots at targets. The cost is $25 per player.
Walker said he got the idea from watching Big Break, a cable golf program.
“It seemed like a fun thing to do to raise money for charity,” Walker said. “You have to do four or five different type of shots. If you do it well enough, you get a chance to shoot for $100,000.”
The best-ball tournament is a Saturday only event with gross and net divisions for men, women, couples and seniors (over 55). It costs $75 to enter. The top finishers in each event (gross and net) and the top two placers from the skills challenge get the opportunity to participate in the Hole-In-One-Shootout.
“Having four divisions makes everybody feel like they have a chance to win,” Walker said. “Also, with Father’s Day coming up… Usually when you play a two-man scramble, you have two guys who will hit it farther than anybody else.”
Kepler said there will be dollar beers on Friday night and discounted food until 9 or 10 p.m.