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3/1/2013 4:55:00 PM
'Best Ball' Ice Golf Tournament tees off tomorrow
Annual tournament raises funds for area charities
An ice golfer gets ready to swing at his tennis ball during a past “Best Ball” Ice Golf Tournament.Lakeland Times photograph 

An ice golfer gets ready to swing at his tennis ball during a past “Best Ball” Ice Golf Tournament.

Lakeland Times photograph 

Sarah Hirsch
Features editor

Teams of four will take to Lake Minocqua tomorrow, Saturday, March 2, for the eleventh annual “Best Ball” Ice Golf Tournament.

Hosted by Albee’s Yacht Club and The Thirsty Whale, there are three area charities that will be the primary benefactors of the event: Dr. Kate’s Hospice, Lakeland Pantry and the Danielle Gorectke Scholarship Fund. 

Event organizers estimate that more than $100,000 has been raised since the tournament’s inception 10 years ago – and its popularity has grown exponentially since then.

“I think the first year we had about 48 golfers, and two years ago we had 340-some golfers. We’re expecting over 300 this year, and then we’ll have another 100 or 200 spectators,” Randy Albrecht, owner of Albee’s Yacht Club, said.

Participants can preregister at The Thirsty Whale or the Yacht Club. Registration on the day of the event begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start on the lake at noon. 

The entry fee per person is $20, with teams of four – one club and one tennis ball per person. One hundred percent of the fee goes to charity and includes a free meal at 4 p.m. after the day of golfing.

The event will also host raffles with prizes donated from area businesses. Between sponsoring one of the 36 holes on the golf course and providing items for raffles, 157 businesses from across the Northwoods – stretching from Minocqua to St. Germain to Rhinelander – contributed to last year’s tournament.

“It’s a really fun event,” Albrecht said. “We’ve been working on this for over a month now. It’s a lot of work – but it’s worth it.”

For more information, call Albee’s Yacht Club at 715-356-1366 or The Thirsty Whale at 715-356-7108.

Sarah Hirsch may be reached at shirsch@lakelandtimes.com.

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