Fifth annual Opie-Coxie Open Saturday, July 21

Tournament and memorial fund benefits youthOne of the most popular one-day tournaments in Northeast Washington will tee it up on Saturday, July 21 when the Opie-Coxie Open Scramble golf tournament is held at Dominion Meadows Golf Course.The format is four or five person teams. Entry fee is $45 per player (if paid by July 18). The entry is $50 if paid on or after July 19. The entry includes green fees and dinner. Non-participants can buy dinner for $10.The tournament will start at 10 a.m. Check-in at 9 a.m.Golfers can buy commemorative Opie-Coxie Open golf shirts for $25 apiece. Hats are $15.Submit completed registration information/forms to Sandi Armes, 130 W. 11th Ave., Colville, WA, 99114. For more information, call Mrs. Armes at 685-9959 or 680-2450, or Marilee Floener, 690-2827. Drop your tee shot in the cup on the par 3 16th hole and win $10,000, compliments of Buxton Financial Services.Also part of the tournament package are live and silent auctions during the day. The original Opie Open started back in 2005 as a memorial to John Ochs, who died in an accident on Lake Roosevelt.Opie (as he was known to friends), and his wife, Camie, did not have children of their own. But the couple was devoted to assisting youth with various activities.“All the funds we make from the tournament go to helping local young people succeed,” explained Steve Frazier, who was a friend to both Opie and the late Steve Cox.“The funds go to help young people with sports, education and other activities that the families of youngsters might not be able to afford.”Funds from the Opie-Coxie Memorial Fund have helped cover a myriad of sports and non-athletic related causes: baseball equipment, football, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, student trips, graduation gowns, lunch programs, ASB cards, golf fees, the Kettle Falls Save The Pool fund, Kid’s First Children’s Advocacy program, Tree of Sharing, skiing, cheerleading, Special Olympics, Knowledge Bowl, rodeo, bowling, swimming, Colville fireworks display, gloves, shoes, cleats, basketball shoes, golf balls, lodging to allow youth to participate in sports tournaments—and the list goes on.If there is a need—the Opie/Coxie Memorial Fund is there to help. In 2008, the first annual Opie-Coxie Open Golf Tournament was played at DM.It’s a staple on the DM golf schedule and one of the most popular tournaments of the season.Steve Cox passed away in a tragic accident late in 2007. He left behind three sons who were all actively involved in sports.“The tournament is a memorial to another great guy who a lot of us cared a great deal for,” Frazier said of Cox and the Opie-Coxie, which, again, supports youth “who are pursuing their goals.”