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‘Tournament of Tradition’ raises $18K

The C.H. Urness Motors “Tournament of Tradition” team, above, took first place with a gross score of 54. The two day tournament raised over $18,000 for the “Level the Playing Field” project at The Dalles High School. 
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The C.H. Urness Motors “Tournament of Tradition” team, above, took first place with a gross score of 54. The two day tournament raised over $18,000 for the “Level the Playing Field” project at The Dalles High School. Contributed photos



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The Griffith Motors team, above, took first place net with a score of 47.1.

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Second place went to Cisco Systems, a vendor for Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

Two local businesses, C.H. Urness Motors and Griffith Motors, scored big in the 30th anniversary “Tournament of Tradition” at The Dalles Country Club.

The 30th anniversary “Tournament of Tradition” golf benefit hosted by the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation at The Dalles Country Club June 1 and 2 is anticipated to have raised just over $18,000 for the Level the Playing Field project at The Dalles High School, a $1,000 increase over last year.

“Level the Playing Field was an exceptionally good fit to benefit from the golf tournament,” said Celeste Hill-Thomas, Executive Director of the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation.

“Our golfers could really connect with the project as many of them take an interest in athletics of some sort themselves,” she explained.

The project features the purchase of new Power-Lift equipment for the weight room at The Dalles High School, as well as upgrades to the weight training space.

The project is nearly complete and will be ready for use during the 2015-16 school year.

North Wasco County School District Superintendent Candy Armstrong spent most of the day Tuesday on the course visiting with golfers.

“The school district is so pleased with the amount of support the project has received from the community,” said Armstrong, “I’m excited for the kids to come in and use the equipment next year.”

The new and improved weight training facility will be available to district staff as well.

The Tournament of Tradition Golf Benefit follows the Color Dash and Kick-Off Spaghetti Feed as the third fundraising event sponsored by the foundation in support of the project.

The two day tournament brought 160 golfers, who in addition to golf enjoying games like “Beefed Up” and “Mystery Putter” with the 40 plus volunteers who helped make it all happen.

The tournament concluded with a steak dinner at the Clubhouse, where prizes were awarded.

Winners from the tourney include two local businesses, C.H. Urness Motors, 1st place gross with a score of 54 and 1st place net, Griffith Motors with a score of 47.1.

Cisco Systems, a vendor for Mid-Columbia Medical Center, took 2nd place net with a score of 49.6. Other winners included Amy Sugg, taking the Women’s Long Drive and Brad Biddle, who won the Men’s Long Drive. Gary Smith won Closest to the Pin.

For further information on the Level the Playing Field project, contact the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation at 541-296-7275 or at mchf@mcmc.net.



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