11 teams compete in Wildland Firefighters’ tourney

Eleven teams competed in the annual Wildland Firefighters Scramble Golf Tournament at Dominion Meadows Golf Course earlier this month. This year’s tournament, which raises funds for the Wildland Firefighters’ Foundation, raised a record $3,800.One of the tournament’s organizers, Al Garr, said that a team that had finished last in last summer’s tournament returned and took home top honors with a net 52. The last place team from this year’s tournament won a free group lesson from DM PGA pro, Andy Hite.“This year’s tournament had several teams from the local area,” Garr said. “There was also one team from Canada and one team from the Spokane Fire Department. There were also several individuals from other parts of the state and country.”Prizes ranged from pizzas and sub sandwiches to gift certificates from local merchants. Hite’s Just Rip It golf shop, Cabela’s and the Wildland Firefighters’ Foundation also contributed. “Many local businesses supported the cause with a check written directly to the Foundation,” Garr added, noting there was also a 50/50 drawing, with half the cash going to the winner of the drawing and the other half going to the Wildland Firefighters’ Foundation.Dave Eagan from San Diego won the 50/50 drawing. He turned around and donated the winnings back to the Foundation.Former tournament organizer Steve Rawlings came from his new home in Vancouver and won the raffle for a custom pair of White’s Boots.“Steve has been a firefighter for many years and since he had a decent pair of boots, he donated the new pair back to the tournament for auction,” Garr pointed out. After some fierce bidding, Kurt Pikarsky of Colville and Houston, TX had purchased the boots for $450, which went to the Foundation. Pikarsky then donated the boots to a firefighter in need of a good pair of boots.“The Colville National Forest hired a Fire Apprentice who just showed up in town for her first year of firefighting…but she didn’t have a good pair of boots,” Garr explained. “She was surprised and thankful for the generous donation from Kurt.”Garr and fellow tournament organizers Leon Mitchell and Shane Robson were appreciative of the continued support of the tournament by many local businesses in the community, Spokane, Post Falls, Idaho and around the nation.“We appreciate their support and we want to thank everyone who played in the tournament,” Garr said. “A special thank-you to White’s Boots of Spokane for a pair of their custom made boots.“It was a great tournament and the weather was perfect.”