Golfing for motorcycles

By Mary O’ KEEFE

The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Support Group held its 27th Annual Golf Classic on Monday at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club.

Eighty golfers powered up with a hearty lunch then had a friendly putting competition.  It was then time to hit the green.

The day was not just about enjoying the afternoon and making par but supporting the CV Sheriff’s Station and the Desi Geestman Foundation.

“Half of the proceeds will go to the station and the other go to the foundation,” said support group member Rick Dinger.

In the past the Sheriff’s Support Group has raised funds to purchase a suburban, a mobile command center, Toyota Tundra and supported the Emergency Operations Center.  The funds this year will go to help pay for two new off road motorcycles and trailer and  refurbishing the jail center.

“The CV Station is very appreciative of the great support the group provides,” said Capt. Dave Silversparre who participated in the classic. “The items purchased by the group have gone a long way in making the area safer by providing extra equipment that couldn’t be purchased through other means.”

The two Suzuki DRZ 400 motorcycles were purchased in January but had to go through the standard approval process by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  The bikes were available and worked the Fourth of July holiday.  In the past when deputies needed off road motorcycles they would have to contact the Santa Clarita station and borrow their bikes.

“Now we don’t have to wait.  We have them when we need them,” said Deputy Jeff Martin.

The borrowed motorcycles have been used during burglary containments, when suspects are near mountain areas.

“And they have been and will be used for search and rescue, evacuations during flood or fire and for enforcement of forest areas,” Martin said.

This year members of the Glendale College golf team and their coaches joined the day of golf.  Coach Greg Osbourne and Asst. Coach James Caan brought four team members: Nick Quintanilla, Danny and Aaron Fernandez and Phillip Gonzales.

“Realistically I would like to shoot seven or eight under,” said Quintanilla. “My goal is 12 under.”

“They all did really well,” said Leo Lesh, president of the support group.

But it was their teachers that lead the way with Osbourne, Caan, Mike Bronman and Shawn Kehoe wining the Gross Champion Award.

Lesh said the exact figures have yet to be calculated but “I believe we did well this
year.  Especially with the economy.”

Several businesses stepped up to support the event. Xerox and Caltech Credit Union hosted the tournament. The sponsors include Ace
Beverage, J’s Maintenance, Citizen’s Bank, Paco’s Barber Shop, Greenberg Cheese Company, Bob Smith’s
Toyota, Paul’s Window Professional Window Washing, insurance brokers and agents of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena and Leo’s Allstar Sport’s Bar.