It was a smaller crowd than usual, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of those who attended at the Rogers High School boys soccer team’s ninth annual golf tournament on Aug. 24 at Lipoma Firs.
The tourney hosted 10 threesomes and raised $1,100 for the team.
Colin DeForrest, Larry DeForrest and Chad Richetts shot 13-under par on the 18-hole course to win the tournament.
“They were first place by a good margin, and there was a logjam of teams behind them that battled for second place,” Rogers boys soccer coach JR Farias said. “Lipoma Firs did a tremendous job once again and were a great host for us.”
Farias, who originally expected close to 50 golfers to participate, wasn’t disheartened by a dip in attendance based on previous years.
“For whatever reason this year, throughout the week, people contacted me and told me they were not going to be able to come out this year,” Farias said. “That was unfortunate, but the group that showed up had a great time. It was just a really great day.”
The festivities featured a putting contest, and the winner nabbed Seattle Sounders FC tickets, as well as a visit from Arizona’s Dixon Golf Company, which awarded prizes for players who could hit the ball closest to the pin and presented golfers with eco-friendly, high-performance golf balls.
“It is a good thing we had those eco-friendly golf balls, because it seemed like we lost pretty much every ball in the woods,” Farias said with a laugh.
Farias said he may move the date of next year’s tournament to late June instead of having it in late-August.
“We’re thinking about moving it up so it’s not so late in the summer,” he said. “By the end of summer, a lot of people get really busy with the end of their vacations and school starting. That is something we’re going to take a look at.”
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