Teeing off for a good cause

Yukon FD hosting annual golf tournament

The Yukon Fire Department will trade in its hoses for golf clubs as it hosts the 2022 Yukon Firefighters Golf Tournament June 17 in Blanchard. Pictured from left are firefighters Ryan Billingsley and Jake Neuenshwander. (Photo by Michael Pineda)
By Michael Pineda
Staff Writer
Those looking to support the Yukon Fire Department and have fun doing so will have the opportunity next month.
The 2022 Yukon Firefighters Golf Tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m., June 17, at the Winter Creek course in Blanchard.
There is a 25-team maximum with a foursome costing $400 or individuals at $100. Entry fees include a free lunch, free access to the driving range and cash and door prizes and raffles.
Sgt. Brent Weaver said 16 teams teams have signed up
for the tournament leading into the Memorial Day weekend.
We have sold out every year that we have had it so far except for last year,” he said. “We had 20 to 21 teams. So we were short just a little bit but it didn’t hurt us too bad.”
Teams will have the opportunity to sign up for the tournament leading up to the shotgun start. All funding raised during the golf tournament benefits the department and provides opportunities to give back to the community.
I think on average, every year we usually make around $8,000 per tournament, depending on the sponsors,” Weaver said.
Those opportunities range from securing food, clothing and shelter for fire victims to providing toys, gift cards and meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas for the less fortunate. Funds will also be used to purchase station equipment and supplies.
Whenever we are going somewhere, whenever we get called, it’s usually the worst day,” Weaver said. “These patients and residents that we have in the city, it’s usually a bad day for them. Anything that we can do to help, whether it be in an emergency or not, it is very gratifying and we are happy to do it.”
Entries are due for the 10th annual event by June 21. There are also an array of sponsorship opportunities ranging from hole sponsorships for $125 to Gold Level for $900 and Bronze Level for $650.
Hole sponsors are a big fundraiser for us,” Weaver said. “We usually have 20 to 25 hole sponsors. Those are usually going pretty good. The businesses in town are usually helpful with that and tend to sponsor the hole for us.”
Those interested in a sponsorship, entering a team or getting more information can call Weaver as (405) 317-0560, Jeremy Goodrich at (405) 317-0560 or Chris Allbritton at (405) 243-7034.
We provide lunch, they have donuts and stuff in the morning,” Weaver said. “As soon as they are done, we provide all the food. And then, usually, Papa Johns is a big sponsor. So they deliver a bunch of pizzas and we will go out and actually deliver pizzas when people are playing.
It’s a really good tournament, we work hard on it and I think it keeps bringing people back.”