Wildland firefighters will host 4th benefit Scramble
Tournament isJune 9 at DMA four-person scramble format golf tournament to benefit the Wildland Firefighter Foundation will be held at Dominion Meadows Golf Course on Saturday, June 11 starting at 9 a.m. (shotgun start).Entry fee is $50 per person. The entry includes greens fees and lunch. Mulligans and 50/50 tickets will be available for purchase. Team prizes will be awarded after the conclusion of play.According to Al Garr, who is helping organize the third annual Northeast Washington Golf Scramble for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, the principle focus of the foundation is to help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families.The Foundation came together as a group of volunteers in 1994, shortly after the Storm King tragedy near Glenwood Springs, Colorado that killed 14 wildland firefighters. With dedication and lots of hard work, plans were developed for a national monument to honor firefighters, a dream that was realized in 2000.Formed in ‘99The Foundation was officially formed in the spring of 1999. Since that time, the Foundation has provided emergency support services to the families of firefighters who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. Families left behind, many of them with young children, often find themselves with very few resources. That’s where the Foundation steps in to help.Garr emphasized that the tournament is a fund-raiser for the Foundation and is designed for everyone—golfer and non-golfer alike. “This isn’t just a fund-raising golf tournament for the wildland firefighting community,” Garr emphasized. “We want everyone to come out and have a good time for a great cause that we really believe in.“Even if you have never touched a golf club before, you can play in a four-person scramble. Everyone is welcome to join this fun event to benefit the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.”The tournament even features a caveat that you’ll never see any any other tourney—firefighters on fire assignments will be given refunds if requested.Garr noted that upwards of 250 wildland firefighters, many of them college students, are in this area during any given summer, working for state and federal agencies. The Colville valley has a strong wildland firefighting presence—and an established golf tournament that will help perpetuate the good works of the Wildland Firefighters Foundation. For more information on the Foundation, check the website at http://www.wffoundation.org/Index.asp.Garr said that players can enter the tournament individually and be assigned a team, or can put their own teams together. Teams will be given a handicap “so that each team will have a chance to win.”Entry forms are available at the Dominion Meadows pro shop, or by emailing Steve Rawlings at firstname.lastname@example.org or Garr at email@example.com.Entries need to be submitted no later than June 3. Players can sign up at Dominion Meadows Golf Course. Submit entries to Garr (firstname.lastname@example.org) or co-chair Steve Rawlings (email@example.com). Or call Garr at 680-2222 or Rawlings at 675-1835.