Brendan Yu
Curry Coastal Pilot

Beach balls and bikinis adorned the greens this week as dozens of female golfers converged for the 2017 Silver Salmon Ladies Invitational at the Salmon Run golf course this week.

As with tradition, the invitational, in conjunction with the Salmon Run Ladies Club, donates all of the money raised from its fundraising efforts to a local nonprofit. This year the invitational decided to put its money towards the Kids After School Program of Education and Recreation (K.A.S.P.E.R.), which encourages kids to be active and help sponsor a summer nutritional program program among their many efforts.

“We just picked something a little bit different this year,” explained course manager Val Early. “It just seemed like it would be nice to give them a little bit of a boost.”

In total, the invitational successfully raised approximately $1000 for KASPER.

The three-day tournament, which was held from Aug. 7 to 9, included a chip and putt clinic by resident teaching pro Jim Barnes, various golfing contests, and raffle drawings. The gift baskets offered as prizes in the raffles were all donated by the Salmon Run Ladies golf Club.

Although the invitational is a longstanding traditional that has taken place every year since 1999, owners Gary and Val Early decided to introduce a few twists into some of the contests to celebrate “a new era.” Such twists included a chipping contests on a tiny mound in the middle of the lake and having right-handed golfers swing using a left-handed club (or vice versa).

A total of 13 teams competed in the event, with each team comprised of four players. While the majority of teams were local, some, such as the Traveling Birdies, ventured from as far as Stockton for the three-day tournament.

Laura Maupin, captain of the Traveling Birdies, explained that she happened upon the tournament when her sister based in Fortuna, invited her to come one year.

“I had so much fun so I got a team together and I’ve been coming ever since,” said Maupin, who is now competing in her fourth year at the Silver Salmon Ladies Invitational.

Individual low gross — 1st - TIE - Kara Miller, Tamara Beckley;

Individual low net — Catherine Culver;

Low Gross team — Lucky 7: Kara Miller, Sue Ryan, Stormy Dunsmore, Wendy Hughes;

Low Net Team — “Fore Flamingos” (Redwood Empire Golf Club) - JoAnne French, NanSea Russ, Judie Hufford, Carolyn Podratz;

2nd low net — Bird Catchers Redwood Empire - Catherin Culver, Cheryl Hurst, Brenda Ontiveros, Susan Linson;

3rd low net — YaYa Girls - Salmon Run Golf - Sandy Hislop, Dixie Sloat, Kathy Walker, Patti Cox;