For Cedaredge High School, last Friday's first-ever Bruin Golf Bonanza was an effort by local businessmen and Cedaredge High School's activities programs to help bring monies into various school programs and create a togetherness with community.
John Freeman and Cedaredge High School's Brandon Milholland put together a plan to involve community members and students in a "fun and whimsical way," said Freeman.
The idea of the event was to play a nine-hole round of golf using some unusual and traditional methods of play.
Members of Cedaredge High School's sports and music departments had coaches and students on all but one hole on Cedaredge Golf Course's front nine.
Mike Bowles and representatives from the Bruins' band and chorus were on hand to greet tournament participants at the first tee. Their purpose in the tournament was to determine the day's shortest drive (and there were candidates from the first group that teed off).
From wrestling coach Ted Schanen and his group of wrestlers, the longest drive on number two would receive a reward and a CD of Cedaredge wrestling.
Milholland and the Bruin football team manned hole number three's tee box. Each group of players to tee off was playing for a black Cedaredge Bruins' game jersey. Getting close to the pin was the goal, with the day's closest contestant picking up Denver Broncos tickets as well.
Kevin Dunbar's boys' basketball team greeted participants on the tee box at number five. Their gimmick included having players draw cards from Dunbar. The club used to tee off was decided by the card drawn. All the cards were from the club suit, ranging from an ace to a 10, plus a joker. The joker was deemed the optimum card, giving the person with the lucky draw the option of any club they wanted.
Heather Dunbar and the Lady Bruins' volleyball team were on number six. Another longest drive contest would reward the winner with a stay at Howard Johnson's.
One of the most unusual tee off and putting gimmicks was found on number seven. Two members of each team were required to tee off with a girl's basketball placed between the knees. Once on the green, two other members of the team had to put with a basketball between their knees.
On number eight, players were greeted by Cedaredge High School's golf team. All members of the group were allowed to hit a drive. After all members of the group had hit, they got to choose a member of the school's golf team to hit their drive. If that drive was longer than any other player in the group, that's the ball the group played. The closest approach shot won a sleeve of golf balls.
Kirby Henderson and a contingent of track athletes manned the ninth tee box. Players with the longest drives in each group won a baseball cap with track logos on it. Henderson was quick to note there were some women who had come through and were proud owners of a cap after competing against men in their groups.
Participants in the tournament paid $50 each which included nine holes of golf, a cart and dinner following play.blog comments powered by Disqus