Coon Rapids firefighters host charitable golf event

Eighty golfers in 20 foursomes teed off for a good cause at Bunker Hills Golf Course, Coon Rapids, Sept. 20.

Coon Rapids Fire Marshal Todd Williams (second left) played in a Coon Rapids Firefighters Local 1935 fall golf classic foursome with Brad White (left), Gib Yakesh and Tim Gallagher.

Coon Rapids Fire Marshal Todd Williams (second left) played in a Coon Rapids Firefighters Local 1935 fall golf classic foursome with Brad White (left), Gib Yakesh and Tim Gallagher.

They were taking part in the sixth annual Coon Rapids Firefighters Local 1935 fall golf classic, which raises money for several charitable causes.

The 18-hole best ball scramble tournament in blustery conditions was followed by a dinner in the clubhouse catered by the Harvest Grill Restaurant and a raffle for prizes.

According to Firefighter Justin McGee, who chaired the tournament, money raised from the event will go to sports teams in the community as well as to families who have suffered losses from fire or who have had other emergencies.

The firefighters’ local has also donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the past, McGee said.

The turnout for the fall classic was comparable to recent years and included businesses who provided sponsorships for employees to take part, elected officials and past and present members of the fire department, he said.

McGee, who was in his second year chairing the event, has been with the fire department for nine years – a paid, on-call firefighter for eight years and a career firefighter for one year.

Prizes were awarded for a hole in one on 8 West, closest to the pin on 3 West, longest drive men on 8 East, longest drive women on 6 West, longest putt on 4 East and betting hole on 7 East, McGee said.

There were five sponsorship levels – corporate $3,000, platinum $1,500, gold $450, silver $150 and bronze $50-100. In addition, a foursome and dinner cost $320, individual player and dinner $85 and individual dinner $20.

“The course is in fantastic condition,” said Bunker Hills Golf Director Tim Anderson.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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