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Experience U.S. Open course conditions at Timber Creek

By: Jeffrey Weidel Special to Gold Country News Service
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During the week of the men’s U.S. Open, Timber Creek Golf Course in Roseville will grow and mow the 10th hole to course conditions similar to U.S. Open venues. The weeklong fundraising promotion – June 7-14 – will offer golfers a chance to experience Open-like course conditions for a $10 donation. Funds raised from the event at the Sun City Roseville course will go to support two worthy charitable, 501c (3) causes, the Sacramento Blues Star Moms, a support group for mothers of wounded military personnel, and Golf Klubz Fore Kidz, an organization that is currently raising funds in an effort to ship golf clubs and balls to troops located in Baquba, Iraq. The par 4, 10th hole at Timber Creek will have approximately 3½-inch rough and a 20-yard wide fairway. The green speed will be targeted for 12 on the stimpmeter. Golfers that score a par or better will have their names entered into a drawing for golf related prizes. Single hole play will commence each day at 3 p.m. “Both organizations and causes are truly worthy. Ten bucks to play the 10th and contribute to these charities is good stuff. It has touched everyone,” said Mark Gouger, head golf professional at Timber Creek. “The cooperation and willingness from our golf course superintendent and his staff has been phenomenal,” he added. “They have had to start growing in that fairway and preparing the hole for several weeks now. As is often the case, the people you don’t see are the people with the hardest job to perform.” Impetus for the promotion came from Jeff McMurray, recent radio program director for Sports 1140/KHTK and JACK-FM, Sacramento, which is also supporting the event. Golf Klubz Fore Kidz was contacted more than two years ago via e-mail by a soldier from Camp C-3 Warhorse in Baquba requesting golf clubs followed by a request for balls. “We received a donation of golf balls from a course that was changing out their range balls, but we’ve been unsuccessful in efforts to get the items shipped without charge,” said Michael Mathews, Golf Klubz Fore Kidz founder. “We are not a heavily funded organization so after several small shipments of clubs and balls, further efforts were suspended. We’re hoping that this promotion will once again allow us to send golf equipment to the troops.” During the week of the event, the Blue Star Moms will provide forecaddie services at the site. Due to previously scheduled activities, the 10th hole will not be available for play on Saturday or June 13. Groups playing the full 18 holes will have priority when teeing off. For more information, visit www.sacramentobluestarmom.org or contact Mark Gouger at (916) 774-3851, or Michael Mathews at 216-9022.