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Proceeds raised during the September event will benefit Folds of Honor Foundation.

COURTESY PHOTO: DAVE ARPIN - The 31st annual 18-hole Lake Oswego Mayor's Championship and Hole-in-One Shootout will take place Sunday, Sept. 26.Lake Oswego community members have one last chance to partake in a golf tradition at the Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course before the remodel of the course begins next year to make room for the new recreation and aquatics center.

The 31st annual 18-hole Lake Oswego Mayor's Championship and Hole-in-One Shootout will have a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at the golf course located at 17525 SW Stafford Road.

"This is our last one, at least for a couple of years until we get the golf course refurbished ... so this is kind of our swan song with this tournament," said Tom Mueller, course manager. "It's a great, fun day for people to come out and have a great time. There's lots of different activities involved."

The golf tournament began in 1991 as a way to promote the grand opening of the new clubhouse at the golf course. Mueller said it became so popular that everyone wanted the tournament to continue. Thus sparked the tradition.

"A scramble is where every player on the team hits a tee shot, then they select the best of the shots, and all players bring their ball to the spot of the chosen shot. This process is repeated until the ball is holed out," Mueller said. "Regular golf is where people play their own ball throughout the round."

The event is open to the public, typically for adults, though Mueller said children over 12 can join. COURTESY PHOTO: TOM MUELLER - From left to right: Jeanie Newcomb,  Liz Hatcher, Bryce Hatcher and Howard Newcomb were the 2019 winners.

People can sign up for the scramble as a four-player team or they can sign up individually and be placed on a team. Registration costs $70 per person and closes Sept. 22. The registration includes 18 holes of golf, breakfast, lunch and range balls. Of the $70 fee, $20 of it will benefit Folds of Honor Foundation — a charity which provides scholarships to children from military families who have lost one or both parents from military service.

Mueller said adding a charity was a new idea.

"On a personal level, I saw a presentation by one of the people that was a recipient and it just blew my mind and drove me to tears," Mueller said. "It was a compelling foundation so I thought we'd support."

People who sign up for the tournament will also receive a raffle ticket and prize assigned to the raffle ticket at the end of the tournament. The winning team will receive trophies and special prizes. There will also be a chance to win $10,000 on the ninth hole if someone scores a hole-in-one. COURTESY PHOTO: TOM MUELLER - The tournament will be played as a four-person scramble and people can sign up in teams of four or individually.

"It's not easy," Mueller said. "It's got a two-tiered green."

Mueller said he thanks IT Group Northwest, the presenting sponsor, and encourages people to join.

"Don't be afraid to sign up because every year somebody new seems to win it," Mueller said. "It's fairly random."

Mueller added that hole sponsorships are still available for $150.

For more information and to register using the QR code, visit the tournament's website.


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