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Daily Journal Golf Tournament brings in $2,000 for Relay For Life

A small but enthusiastic crowd of golfers helped raise more than $2,000 for cancer research at a golf tournament Friday at Eagle Lake Country Club in Farmington.

The tournament was organized by the Daily Journal Relay For Life team. The newspaper’s team is one of 68 that have been raising money for cancer research.

Rain had been in the forecast for the day, which may have kept some teams away, but ultimately Mother Nature was good to the golfers.

“There was a light sprinkle, but nothing to deter us,” said Ed Scrogin, who took the lead in helping organize the team’s fund-raising event.

American Family Insurance won first place in the Championship Flight, a golfing contest. Members of the team were Ted Byers, Paul Pasternak, Bob Scott and Tim Tucker. They won $200.

First State Community Bank won second place and donated their $120 prize money back to the event. Matt Sebastian, Bill Baker, Dan Rollins and Jim Eaton III made up the First State team.

A number of businesses donated prizes to help make the four-person scramble a success.

Crown Motors donated a car for the first person to get a hole-in-one. A player almost won a brand new convertible P.T. Cruiser. “He came within 10 inches of winning the car,” says Bill Bonacker, another member of the Daily Journal team.

In addition to the car, there were a number of other great prizes, including a golf bag from Soaring Eagle, a gift certificate from Krekeler Jewelers, cart cooler and bag cover from Carr’s Golf Carts, $20 gift certificates from Branding Iron and a gift certificate from Wal-Mart.

There were free Homer Henderson brats courtesy of Mike’s Market in Bismarck and free hot dogs courtesy of Save-A-Lot, as well as beverages donated by Pepsi and Cheap Smokes and Liquor.

All-In-One vending provided chips and First State Community Bank provided a cooker.

The event was all part of community-wide efforts for the Relay For Life. The Daily Journal has had a team participate in the Relay before, but this year is extra special, Scrogin said.

“We have some employees who are fighting cancer,” he said. “The support from everyone has really meant a lot. We really do appreciate everyone’s help.”

The Relay For Life brought in $157,000 for cancer research last year. Some teams raise money all year long for the event, which culminates in July. All the teams come together for an all-night relay at Mineral Area College.

This year’s relay is July 22 and 23. For information about participating call 760-9061 or 358-0340.

Cancer survivors start the relay out with the survivor’s lap around the track. The rest of the night other teams take turns walking around the track. Efforts to raise money continue throughout the night with creative fund-raisers such as massages, midnight munchies and jewelry.

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