On Wednesday, May 20, 120 golfers gathered at the Silverado Country Club to take part in the 6th annual Napa Valley Golf Tournament. The weather was cool and sunny-a surprisingly golf-friendly day considering this year's winter. The tournament, hosted by Pacific Union College, raised money for the college's worthy student scholarship fund, and provided an opportunity for good natured competition and a fine day on the greens.
The tournament consisted of 18 holes of golf in a two-best, foursome play. Special awards were given for the longest drive and the closest to the pins on all par 3's. A 1998 Chevrolet Malibu also sat glistening on the course, the prize for a hole in-one. Alas, no miracle strokes were recorded, so no one left the course with a new car, courtesy of Epps Chevrolet Pontiac Oldsmobile Inc. in St. Helena. Of special note, the Napa Valley Service Club Championship perpetual trophy was awarded to the St. Helena Rotary team, as the top Napa Valley service club foursome.
Alex Fox, assistant director of development at PUC, said that the Napa Valley Golf Tournament was, "just a good old home town kind of thing... raising money for local kids." An awards dinner was held at the end of the tournament, and awards of $450 each were given to ten worthy PUC students: Terese Brown, Jami Fishbaugh, Amy Hopkins, Kimberly Manasse, Georgina Maya, Virginia Rodriguez, Michael Kim, Ben Kreitz, Kim Laurent, and Justin Dailey.
PUC extends special thanks to Dr. Fred Baker for underwriting the tournament, and to its corporate sponsors; Adventist Risk Management, Bryan and Carole Breckenridge, Duffy's, Howell Mountain Enterprises, Mass Mutual, St. Helena Hospital and Health, Upper Valley Disposal and Recycling, and VALIC; as well as its business sponsors; Darleen Hemmerlin, DDS, Inc. and Robert C. Williams, DDS.