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SSHS golf fundraiser continues to grow
by Dan Eckles
Jun 07, 2013 | 1306 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Jim Fitzpatrick watches his tee shot on the 8th hole of the Resort at Red Hawk's Hills Course Friday. Fitzpatrick was participating in the Spanish Springs boys golf team's fundraiser tournament.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Jim Fitzpatrick watches his tee shot on the 8th hole of the Resort at Red Hawk's Hills Course Friday. Fitzpatrick was participating in the Spanish Springs boys golf team's fundraiser tournament.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Troy Haggard watches his putt roll toward the hole en route to seeking a 40-foot shot on the seventh hole of the Resort at Red Hawk's Hills Course Friday. Haggard was taking part in the Spanish Springs boys golf team's fundraiser tournament.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Troy Haggard watches his putt roll toward the hole en route to seeking a 40-foot shot on the seventh hole of the Resort at Red Hawk's Hills Course Friday. Haggard was taking part in the Spanish Springs boys golf team's fundraiser tournament.
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Fundraising can be the biggest drawback of the job for many high school coaches. It's a just necessary evil in the eyes of some.

But Spanish Springs boys golf coach Nick Wirshing has turned to an old standby in the fundraising world. His program hosted its third annual Cougar Golf Tournament Friday and combined fundraising and fun in the same event.

Wirshing said 28 foursomes took part in Friday's tournament. The outcome made it larger than the Cougar program's two previous events.

"I think everyone has fun and that's why our numbers keep growing each year," Wirshing said. "We got a lot of support from our players and our sponsors."

Each of the 112 participants paid an $85 entry fee that covered their greens fees for the Resort at Red Hawk's Hills course and dinner at the resort following the tournament. Additionally, players could buy raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes ranging from a golf foursome at Red Hawk to dinner gift cards at a variety of local restaurants.

Wirshing said he and other tournament organizers, largely parents from student athletes on his SSHS golf squad, rounded up nine hole sponsors and six more tournament sponsors. The Cougars' third-year coach said he hoped his program could raise $5,000 through the event.

"This is the only fundraiser we do all year," Wirshing said. "It's nice to do just one big event like this and get it all done in a day. It's hard work to put on a good event like this, but it's not a grind where you've got to work for a few days."

Wirshing pointed out that Red Hawk, an official partner in education for SSHS, grants special year-round playing privileges to Spanish Springs High golfers for a reduced rate. The coach stressed that some of the funds raised will go to pay Red Hawk for that special rate program.

"I can't say enough about Red Hawk and all they do for us," Wirshing said. "They are great to our program and school. With them being one of our school's partners in education, we really try as an athletic program in general to bring events here and keep business local."

Wirshing added that he hoped Friday's fundraising efforts would prove fruitful enough for his team to take a trip during the 2014 spring break to play some golf in Las Vegas.

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