By Bill Tamburrino
On Aug. 12 two coaches will shoot 100 holes of golf to raise money for the Bulldog girls golf team at Ramona High School.
The Bulldog girls varsity golf coach, John Rathbun, and the girls junior varsity coach, Jerry Patenaude, will team up at San Vicente Golf Resort, the home course for the Bulldog golf teams. Patenaude is also the coach of the boys golf team. The twosome will tee off at 6:30 a.m. and finish sometime after 4:30 p.m.
Golf is a non-revenue producing sport and does not have a snack bar and cannot charge admission to matches.
Anyone interested in donating or pledging to
either coach can do so by contacting Rathbun at 760-789-3477 or dropping by the pro shop at San Vicente Resort to pledge a donation. Donations can be made per hole, per birdie, per eagle or a flat donation or combination.
Patenaude said a rumor that coaches Damon Baldwin and Ken Scheib will caddy the fundraiser is not true, but they will be welcomed if they volunteer.
For Rathbun this is the third time that he will shoot 100 holes in a day. He has done so twice in the past to raise funds for charitable endeavors.
“It will be about a 10- hour day. We will be the first group out and we will be able to play through after the first round. We want to lessen the monetary burden that the parents of our golfers have to bear. We would like to buy team uniforms, balls and hopefully golf bags for our golfers. Our girls deserve the best. They work hard and they are great kids,” said Rathbun.
“John has done this twice and he says that it is a lot of fun. If it goes well I may try to do it again to help the boys teams in the spring,” said Patenaude.
One hundred holes of golf is just over 5-1/2 rounds of golf, which is 28 more holes than a complete professional tournament. The fundraiser will be a test of skill and endurance, especially if it is played in 100 degrees heat.
“If it is not over 100 degrees I will be surprised,” said Patenaude.