By Alan der OHANNESSIAN
The deep budget cuts that the City of Glendale parks and open space departments are experiencing may get some healing attention from the inaugural Glendale City Golf Championship tournament taking place Aug. 22 and Aug. 27. Proceeds from the event will be earmarked for local parks that are in financial dire straits.
“Due to loss of tax revenues, many positions in the parks’ departments have been cut,” said Rick Dinger, Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation member. “[The golf tournament] will raise much needed funds for our local parks at a time when so much of their budgets are being cut.”
The qualifer takes place at Scholl Canyon Golf Course on Aug. 22 with the championship at Oakmont Golf Course on Aug. 27.
Private and public foundations, such as the Glendale Parks, Scholl Canyon Golf Course, American Golf and Open Space Foundation, have come together to host the inaugural Glendale City Golf Championship.
“In order to make it happen, we needed agreements with Scholl, Oakmont, the City and Park Foundation,” said Dinger. “It all came together perfectly.”
The tournament is the first of its kind in Glendale.
“We are the only city without a city golf championship,” Dinger said. “Burbank, Pasadena and L.A. all have them.”
The tournament is open to all levels of players based on the Golf Handicap and Information Network – GHIN – index.
“We’re hoping for 200 to 250 players,” said Dinger.
The GHIN index will be used to determine the levels of the handicap players.
There will be four flights. The cost is $75 per player. The best player in the championship category (scoring low 16) will meet the best from remaining three divisions (low 8) for the final round at the Oakmont County Club on Aug. 27.
The Local Trusted Choice Agents, the presenting sponsor for the tournament, has already donated $10,000 to the Glendale Parks and Open Space foundations.
“I thought it would be great to support our local parks and promote our local agents, which are used by so many,” said Dinger.
To learn more or to register, visit www.glendalegolfchampionship.com/, call (818) 531-2833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.