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October 24, 2013

Times gears up for ‘Spooktacular’ golf tourney

FAIRMONT — Superheroes are faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

And Tuesday they’ll show off the greatest power of all: the ability to hit greens in regulation.

The Times West Virginian is holding the Spooktacular Golf Scramble, a Halloween-themed golf tournament, at Green Hills Country Club on Oct. 29.

At the event, “Batgirl” and her trusty sidekick “Robyn” will be stationed at hole No. 6, a long par-4. For a $10 donation before the team hits or a $20 donation afterward, she will drive from the women’s tees.

The hole is just one of several opportunities golfers will have to improve their scores.

On the par-5 hole No. 15, the entire team can tee off from the red tees, cutting about 100 yards off the distance for a $20 donation. However, they will have to wear a Halloween mask to make it a little more interesting. Photo opportunities will be available at this hole.

The Bridgeport Annuity Exchange is sponsoring a hole-in-one challenge on hole No. 9, where golfers can make $10,000 on a single shot. It’s one of four hole-in-one challenges on the par-3s. Closest-to-the-hole prizes will also be awarded on par-3s.

Other prizes include a “double your money” challenge on hole No. 2 and a long-drive competition on hole No. 3. Throughout the course, golfers can also forget their scary shots with “Monster Mulligans.”

Proceeds from the event will go toward the Times West Virginian’s Newspapers in Education initiative, a program that supplies up to 21 schools with as many as 2,500 newspapers on Wednesdays.

Chuck Jessup, publisher at the Times West Virginian, said the goal of the NIE program is to promote literacy and engage younger readers.

“We want students to understand that a newspaper is beneficial to all ages, no matter if they are in elementary school, teenagers, college students or adults,” he said. “There’s something in the paper for everyone.”

At the conclusion of the tournament, the winning team will be presented with a trophy. In addition, each team member will receive a $100 Green Hills pro shop gift card. Second-place finishers will receive $50 gift cards, and third place will be awarded $25 gift cards. There will also be many more prizes for individuals to win, including a 50/50.

Registration for the Spooktacular Scramble begins at 11 a.m., followed by a buffet lunch and a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Cost for the event is $200 per foursome and includes lunch, a cart and green fees. Only six spots remain, so call quickly to reserve your spot.

The Times has a handful of tee and hole sponsorships available. To become a sponsor or to sign up for the event, contact Toni Ricer at 304-367-2514 or via email at tricer@timeswv.com.

She will be checking her voice mail and email throughout the weekend, so leave a message if you would like to join in on the fun.

Email Mike DeFabo at mdefabo@timewv.com or follow on Twitter @MikeDeFaboTWV.

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