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Washburn golf tournament a success

CRARYVILLE — Another strong showing of support from local golfers continued the Mark Washburn Memorial Golf Tournament’s streak of success last Friday, Sept. 25, at the Copake Country Club. Crisp but sunny fall weather marked the tournament’s 12th year.

Mark Washburn died in 1997. For the first 10 years of the tournament, money was raised to help send Washburn’s son to school. Last year was the first year that the funds supported the Sunday in the Country Food Drive.

“NASCAR” Dave MacMillan, who founded the food drive, explained that the ante had been upped a little this year, with hole sponsorships being offered for the 18-hole course. Making sponsorships only $20 allowed more businesses to participate, MacMillan explained. The move raised an additional $500. Sharon radio station WHDD also contributed a hole-in-one challenge for holes with a par higher than three, with a $10,000 grand prize for anyone who was lucky enough to hole-in-one the fifth hole.

Twenty teams of four attended this year’s event, which was held in a “best ball” style, meaning that out of the four players, the best lie after each shot determined the course of play for the team.

Golfers had their own reasons for supporting the tournament, but most centered around the sense of community created by the event.

“I knew Mark, and played golf here and there with him,” explained Bill Ansted. “He enjoyed golf a lot and this is a fitting way to support him.”

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