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The Skanner Report
By The Skanner News
Published: 02 August 2009

As most of you know, upon retirement, I took up GOLF as a source of exercise and endless hours of fun and frustration for a few good golf shots! I now have - Good grief!

The Leisure Hour Golf Club has taken me in as a member, Corresponding Secretary and "golfer". I am in awe of the rich history of the club that was founded in 1944 by African American golfers in Portland who were not welcome at many golf facilities in the area. The club continues to be dedicated to bringing golf to a more diverse community and encouraging junior golfers to enjoy the game.

The Leisure Hour Jr. Golf Program will be hosting the Western States Golf Association 29th Annual Alan Bennett Junior Golf Championship on August 5 – 7, 2009, Portland, Oregon. We are expecting 125 youth participants ranging from the age 7, through college. This tournament is designed to allow our Junior golfers an opportunity to compete against some of the most competitive juniors in the Western U.S. The Western States Golf Association is an African American focused golf organization that has been dedicated to bringing the enjoyment of golf to communities of color in California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona.

A major accomplishment of WSGA is the 55 year history of supporting Junior Golf Programs to provide instruction, competition and scholarship support to junior golfers.

The three day event will be held at several courses throughout the greater Portland area. The Children's Golf Course in Gladstone, OR will host junior golfers from age 7 – 10, Sah-Hah-Lee Golf Course in Clackamas, OR will host junior golfers from age 11 – 12 and Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland will host our golfers age 13 – College. The annual awards luncheon and dinner will be held at the University Park Community Center in North Portland. The Embassy Suites Hotel Portland Airport will serve as the host hotel for the tournament guests and players.

The Leisure Hour Jr. Golf Program is a 501(C)(3) Non- Profit Organization and your contribution is tax-deductible.

I am seeking the donation of fun and useful items for the Goodie Bags that will be presented to each of the 125+ junior golfers competing in the tournament. Please help us make this a special "gift" for each of the outstanding juniors. We welcome golf and non-golf related items that will appeal to juniors (ages 7 through college). Please help me fill up a "Welcome Good Bag" that will make the 29th Annual Championship an event to remember.

We need 150 of each item. Please include a contact name, phone number and e-mail address in case there is need for follow-up.

The items need to be delivered or shipped to this location:
Debbie Moaning, President
Leisure Hour Junior Program
3920 NE Highland Street
Portland, OR 97211

The deadline for delivery of items is JULY 31st.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information. Leisure Hour Golf Club would also welcome any other support for the outstanding event. Volunteer time, financial contributions, or other donations are most welcome!

Vicki Nakashima

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