Fifth annual Opie-Coxie Tournament is Saturday

Tournament and memorial fund benefits area 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 is live and silent auctions during the day. Non-golfers are invited to come up to the golf course and participate in the auctions.The live auction will start around 4:30 p.m.Some of the auction items for this year’s tournament includes signed Alabama football helmet from this year’s national championship team (including head coach Nick Saban and star running back Trent Richardson), a Coeur d’ Alene Tribal Casino Stay and Play package (Circling Raven Golf Club), two tickets to the Darius Rucker concert, dinner and lodging at the Doubletree Hotel, a Whistler ski trip for two, a 32 inch LCD flat screen television, a one day fishing trip on the upper Columbia River for two, welder, generator and air compressor, a boat ride and barbecue on Lake Roosevelt, a Nike driver, a golf stand bag, a football signed by former NFL great Mark Rypien, art by David Govedere, and a signed Seattle Seahawk’s hat, among other items. 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.