NISSWA -- If golf scrambles are losing their flair but you still want to help out a worthy cause on the golf course, Grand View Lodge, The Brainerd Dispatch and Echo Publishing and Printing Co. are sponsoring the first Brainerd Lakes Area Par 3 Championship.
Benefits from the Sunday, Aug. 20, event will go to the Lakes Area Food Shelf.
The Par 3 Championship will be played on the Lakes and Woods courses of the Pines and each hole will be set up as a par 3, creating the possibility of a hole in one on each hole. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. with the shotgun start beginning at 1:30 p.m.
"We started out thinking, there are a lot of golf courses and tournaments in the area, what can we do that's going to be unique and different," said Bill Moseley, director of golf at Grand View Lodge. "Fred (Boos) came up with the par 3 idea and we talked about it further and it grew.
"We knew it would be fairly easy to administer. We have the perfect course for setting up that way. We have the other nine where we can allow regular play to go on.
"There's nothing like it up here. I don't know about you, but scramble after scramble after scramble, I'm tired of playing in those things. Why can't we have something else up here, that's a fundraiser, that gets local business involved for a worthy, non-political cause?"
Despite the new format, Mosely, is hoping this charity event will be successful.
"We will be able to increase the field size next year," Mosely said. "We'll put more people out on the golf course and raise more money and maybe expand the charity to someone else."
More than $180,000 in prizes are available. The best ball, gross event awards in both team and individual stroke play competition pay all the way to ninth place. Seventy-two golfers will have 18 swings at a chance to win a hole-in-one prize that is featured on every hole. Prizes range from $5,000 and $10,000 up to $25,000 and $50,000 to go along with a vehicle from Mills Motors and a boat from Nisswa Marine.
"No. 1 we want to raise money for the food shelf," said Mosely. "They feed a lot of families in the area. A lot of people that you would be surprised that you even know.
"The fact that we're having a unique event and the fact that's a par 3 hole; you only have to swing three times so it's not going to last six hours. You have a three and half, four-hour event."
The $190 team entry fee includes golf with a cart, buffet lunch and awards. Deadline to register is August 12 or when the championship is full. According to Mosely the event is already half full so call 218-963-0001 or 888-437-4637 to register your team and help a needy cause.
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