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Polar Bear Golf Open

Weather's wrath won't keep players off the links

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Polar weather won't threaten the Dublin AM Rotary's upcoming golf fundraiser.

The Feb. 1 Polar Bear Golf Open has been played in all kinds of weather and organizers are prepared for snow or sun.

"The player still plays in the snow," said Sarah Richardson, committee chairwoman. "If it's really snowy we play with racket balls and shoot into hula-hoops."

Colored racket balls are easier to find in the snow than white golf balls, but Richardson said it's not unusual to have to dig racket balls out of the snow.

"It's almost impossible to play with a golf ball in the snow," she said.

No matter what weather, the Dublin AM Rotary will work to raise $13,000 at the Feb. 1 event at Safari Golf Club, an increase over last year's net of about $12,000, Richardson said.

"It all goes toward the Dublin AM Rotary Foundation," she said.

"The foundation sponsors children and families in central Ohio ... . We do so many things throughout Columbus."

Literacy and other educational programs number among projects funded by the Dublin AM Rotary Foundation.

"We have a literacy committee that sponsors books for children within Dublin elementary schools," Richardson said.

"We also are doing a literacy program in Turkey where we are building libraries in Turkey. We also do a robotics program with high school and science clubs."

The Polar Bear Golf Open is $80 and includes nine holes of golf, a cart, breakfast and lunch.

"We start registration at 8 a.m. and have a shotgun start," Richardson said.

When play is finished, golfers can partake of a chili lunch.

"We have a DJ that comes and plays and we have raffles," Richardson said, adding that golf foursomes and sporting tickets will be up for grabs.

"We also have a raffle for a full set of TaylorMade golf clubs."

The event will be done in time for golfers to leave the Safari Golf Course and head to the Columbus Zoo an Aquarium for the Chilly Open, organized by the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club.

The Polar Bear Golf Open last year drew 112 golfers and the course can take a maximum of 120, Richardson said.

"We're hoping to max out at 120 this year," she said. "It's a large event."

For more information, or to register for the Polar Bear Golf Open, look online at polarbeargolf.org.

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