June 7th, 2011
I love the game of golf. I’m not a very good player as my 20 handicap suggests, but the game has been in the top three of my hobby group for 20+ years. I like to play, watch, talk and yes, even wear the funny clothes sometimes. I always record the majors so I can watch every shot at my leisure. (You’d think after all these years and all of the obsession I’d at least be a 15, wouldn’t you?)
A few months ago my very good friend Bruce Robinson (Spokane) suggested a novel idea: “Let’s play four golf courses in four states in one day.” I said, “That is so off the wall I gotta be in”. So, planning began for the 444 Club. Four players, four golf courses in four states in one day. Hopefully, all during daylight hours. Bruce invited his son Shea (Seattle) and his son-in-law Lamar Lewis (Spokane) to round out the group. I’ve played golf with these young men before and they can really hit the ball!
So, its all set. June 23rd the 444 club will tee off at 5:15am at Big River GC in Umatilla, OR and play 9 holes. Then, off to Liberty Lake GC in Washington (191 miles) for 9 more. A short 15 miles over to Post Falls, ID to tee it up at Highlands GC and our final run of 102 miles to St. Regis MT. to finish our 36 holes at Trestle Creek GC. Total projected mileage: 308. Projected drive time: 5 hours 35 minutes. My projected 36 hole score:184 (based on my 20 hdcp).
We are raising money and awareness for Coaches VS Cancer, the Spokane chapter. Gonzaga University and coach Mark Few is very involved as is other notable coaches and institutions throughout the Northwest. Check out the web site: www.cancer.org/Involved/Participate/CoachesvsCancer/about-coaches-vs-cancer
I am asking you to donate to this very worthwhile cause. Please consider 50 cents per hole, $1 per hole or what ever feels good to you. If you know someone (and we all do) that has suffered or passed from cancer, you can do something important to help and for very little money. Simply send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or give me a call (509 860 5730) and make your pledge. Thank you!
You can follow our progress on June 23rd on Facebook as we will be posting through out the day. It will be fun, unique and worthwhile thanks to you!