Marty Finn Memorial Golf Fundraiser

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The 19th annual Marty Finn Memorial Golf Fundraiser to support the Grandfathers for Golf youth program will be held on Saturday, Mar. 2, at the Golden Era Golf Course in San Jacinto.

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What could be better? Golf for kids, golf and kids, golf for those who love the game.
Calling all golfers to sign up for the 19th annual Marty Finn Memorial Golf Fundraiser to support the Grandfathers for Golf youth program. The event will be held on Saturday, Mar. 2, at the Golden Era Golf Course in San Jacinto.
The field is limited to 72 players and, because the tournament sold out quickly the past two years, it’s highly recommended that you sign up early.
The format will be a four-man scramble with check-in at 7:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9 a.m. As usual, this year’s tournament will feature 18 holes of golf (twice around on the picturesque Golden Era 9-hole course). Cost is $60 per player. If you don’t have a foursome, you can sign up individually and you’ll be placed into a foursome. There will be awards for first, second, and third place teams plus prizes for Longest Drive, Straightest Drive and KPs (closest to the pin on par threes). There also will be a putting contest from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Continental breakfast will be served in the morning and, at the turn, you’ll receive a bag lunch. After the game, participants will be feasted with a ribeye steak dinner, including dessert. In addition, awards and a bounty of special prizes will be presented during the dinner celebration.
The background on this event and celebration begins with a man named Marty Finn. As the story goes: a few years ago Finn, a Press Enterprise writer, was complaining in his column that the kids in the Hemet-San Jacinto area didn’t have enough after-school programs. Someone wrote to him and said, “Why don’t you do something about that?”
So Marty, an avid golfer, brainstormed with his golfing buddies Carl Pirchner and Nat Thompson, and they came up with the idea of a free program to teach kids how to play their beloved game of golf.
This was the birth of Grandfathers For Golf, “We Bring Youth To The Game,” the non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity organization that is dedicated to teaching underprivileged children (and all others) how to play the game of golf, which promotes fellowship, health, discipline, and sportsmanship. Part of playing golf, just like in everyday life, is learning to control how you react when things don’t go your way. As Tony Viola says, “Kids learn that you have to contain yourself and if you have a bad day, you have to let it go.” Grandfathers for Golf now has hundreds of students learning the game for free at three golf courses: Echo Hills Golf Course in Hemet, Golden Era Golf Course and Soboba Golf Resort in San Jacinto.
The program is run entirely by volunteers and all money raised in the 19th annual Marty Finn Memorial Golf Fundraiser goes toward funding the Grandfathers for Golf program.

For more information and reservations contact Tony Viola at (909) 754-4148.

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