Oct. 27, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, members of the Washington State men's and women's golf team will make the five hour trek across the state to volunteer as caddies for the "Golf for the Gulf" scramble. The charity event takes place Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Washington National Golf Course at Auburn, Wash.
Ten Cougars will join up with golfers from cross-state rival Washington, along with a few local high-school golfers to help raise money for the cause. Cougar golfers making the trip include: Jessica Black, Tracy Broders, Cole Alford, Kevin Chen, Amy Eneroth, Brooke Henderson, All-American Anastasia Kostina, Jeff Langin, Max Reinland, and assistant coach Kari Sampson.
"It is a small way to give back to a great cause," Sampson said. "I hope it's a gift to us as well. I wanted the team to participate in this for them to realize there are bigger things in life than just collegiate golf."
The event is sponsored by the Seattle based golf radio show "Tee It Up," which airs on KJR Sports Talk 950 AM, Sundays at 7 a.m. The entry fee to participate in the event is $100 with the option to have a caddie at an additional $40 fee. All proceeds from the tournament will help restore the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic, located 27 miles south of Mobile, Ala., which served the citizens of Bayou Le Batre for 15 years before being wiped out by Hurricane Katrina.
As a team, the Cougars have already raised $1,000 thanks to the generosity from a local Seattle man who was moved by the team's efforts to make the journey to the west side of the state to participate at the event. The man, who originally promised to donate $500, changed his donation to $100 per every Cougar who decided to make the trip and volunteer their time at the event.
"If you've never played golf using a knowledgeable caddy, you've missed a golf experience," Jim Corbett, a host of the radio golf show, told the Seattle Times. "We're excited about how eager these college and high school golfers are to caddie and use their passion for the game to help the hurricane victims."
Also taking place at the event will be a raffle and an auction with proceeds also going toward the cause. Prizes that have been donated include: round trip ticket to China, two rounds of golf at Brandon Dunes, four Bagboy 3-wheeled golf carts, one set of Cleveland TA2 irons, one set of Taylor Made RAC OS2 irons, and two Titleist 905 drivers. Single tickets for the raffle are priced at $5, with multiple ticket purchases priced at five for $20, and 15 tickets for $50.
Entry forms and other information regarding the event are available at Puetz golf stores or by visiting www.KJRAM.com.