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City golf course sets up first fundraiser

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Forest Park Golf Course will conduct an equipment benefit fundraiser Aug. 18, beginning at 9 a.m. [Order this photo]
The Forest Park Golf Course will conduct an equipment benefit fundraiser scramble Saturday, Aug. 18, with a 9 a.m., shotgun start.

According to Forest Park Golf Course Golf Board Member Bill Cowell, this is the first time the golf course has tried a fundraiser for the course, although there have been fundraisers in the past for churches and individuals.

"We're having a first-time fundraising scramble for the golf course ... we're trying to dig ourselves out of some debt that we inherited from previous (administrations)," Cowell said.

The fee for the scramble will be $200 per four-person team, which can be serious competitive groups or fun groups.

Cowell added while four-person teams are preferred, teams can be made with those who would like to play, but can't get a foursome.

"The intent is to get people here and to want to help the golf course," Cowell said. "We are going to pay 20 percent of the total entry fees back to winners."

Cowell said the rest of the money would go back to the golf course with a major focus being putting money into outdated equipment.

"We're going to use all that 80 percent -- whatever it is -- we're going to use it to pay existing bills or existing loans on major equipment," Cowell said. "We're not going to buy candy with it or anything like that."

As for the games, there will be four games on specific holes and a drawing.

"We're going to have a play the champ (golf course pro Troy Farris) on hole two," Cowell said. "We're going to do a hit within a 10-foot circle on hole five, then a hit the green to double your money on hole 11, and then on hole 14 we'll do an accelerated tee shot."

Cowell then elaborated on the accelerated tee shot game.

"We'll actually take a ball down and drop it about 60-yards from the green, and we're going to tell them there's a shot down there -- can't tell you exactly where it's at -- between 25-yards to the green," Cowell said. "It's a perfect chip to the green, there's nothing in front of it."

He added players would also be able to bet on games with chances to double up their money.

Cowell said in addition to the games, there is also going to be a 50/50 drawing.

The Golf Board members also encourage all city employees -- including council members -- to come support the golf course.

Cowell added, as always, refreshments and food will be available at the golf course, and there should be room for regular play.

Meanwhile, Cowell attended the Wednesday, Aug 8, City Council meeting to inform the council on the state of the golf course.

"The Golf Board Report is again nothing but positive," Cowell said. "Our total gross revenue as of Aug. 6 is $260,835.05. We just had a very nice weekend with the Zorah Shrine ... we made almost $5,500 off of that outing and that's not usually the case. We're (also) booked solid for the next seven weeks and weekends with outings."

Cowell also provided the council with his own comparisons of the revenues for this year and last, but noted they are just estimations.

"It's sort of hard because our accounting this year is a lot different than what it was last year," Cowell said. "We didn't get any (figures from) the concessions last year (and) we didn't get any of the pro shop last year. What I did simply was backed the snack bar, pro shop and beer sales out of that ($260,835.05) and that figure would be $225,211 ... again these figures are approximate ... but the figure I got from (the bank) as to where we were this time was $157,000."

Cowell said the uncontrollable factors for the good year so far are there -- like the weather -- but a lot of it has to do with differences in how the course is being run.

Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham said he appreciated Cowell showing up and providing the council with some good news.

"(The Golf Board is) doing a great job," Wyndham said. "The golf course goes along with the whole park system over there as a fantastic entity that the city has here to enjoy -- it's our diamond in the rough. We appreciate everything you guys are doing over there."

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my question is; does the gambling aspect of this comply with the statutes set forth under IC4-32.2? hate to see anyone break the law in clay county.

-- Posted by madmarkbedwell on Mon, Aug 13, 2012, at 5:27 AM

My question is: If the golf course is not funded by taxpayer money as has been stated, how did they inherit debt from previous administrations?

-- Posted by My Dime on Tue, Aug 14, 2012, at 6:22 AM

All these are good questions,I suggest you aim these at the past golf board, 5 members strong that let the debt grow to what it was.Also your previous mayor who knew exactly what the problems was and refused to act.The debt has been reduced drastically since the new administration began.

-- Posted by brzmm on Wed, Aug 15, 2012, at 11:09 AM


i am definitely not and dont think anyonone else is dogging our current mayor. just poking a sharp stick in the eye of others previously involved.

-- Posted by madmarkbedwell on Wed, Aug 15, 2012, at 8:56 PM


-- Posted by brazil citizen on Thu, Aug 16, 2012, at 11:36 PM

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