Golfers tee off for Special Olympics

<p>The Jilli’s Silly Golfers team of Mark Smalley, Dennis Farley, Kristi Smalley and Stu Bance won the Special Olympics Golf Tournament, a fundraiser in its ninth year.</p>

A little more than $4,000 was raised during the Special Olympics Golf Tournament, held Aug. 9 at Echo Hills Golf Course.

A pair of teams posed the lowest score of the day — a 19 under par of 53. To determine top honors, the teams compared scores on the top three handicap holes. The Jilli’s Silly Golfers team of Mark Smalley, Kristi Smalley, Dennis Farley and Stu Bance ended up winning by one stroke over the Wasn’t Me! team of Jeff Michael, Coy Michael, Eric Volger and Dave Boltz.

Coming in third with a score of 55 was the Kraft Maid team of Jeff Edmundson, Mitch McClanahan, Madison McClanahan and Al Allen.

A popular feature of the tournament is the “Score Enhancement Device,” a 34-inch red rope that could be purchased for $10 and used to move the ball into the hole without costing a stroke. Teams could purchase up to four red ropes.

Money raised from the tournament, which is in its ninth year, will help support the Hermiston/Pendleton Special Olympics Local Program No. 510.

Special Olympics provides athletic training and competition for athletes with intellectual or developmental disabilities. For more information about the local program, contact Kristi Smalley at 541-567-1546 or

Training for bowling begins Friday, Sept. 5 at the Desert Lanes in Hermiston. Any athlete interested in participating, who hasn’t already registered, should contact Stu Bance at 541-376-8132.

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