German Village Gazette

Village Singers among those receiving funds

Feb. 5 pub 'golf' tour will benefit Leventhal Foundation

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It's that time of year again for putters and pints.

The sixth annual charity pub golf tour benefiting the Leventhal Foundation begins Feb. 5.

Cost to join is $100 per team. Deadline to register is Feb. 1. Registration can be performed online at favoritescolumbus.com.

The tour includes up to 20 teams with four members each, who will vie for the top prize -- commemorative bobbleheads -- and bragging rights.

Money raised will indirectly benefit the Village Singers, the German Village-based singing troupe that puts on concerts in spring and Christmas.

The duffers will meet at 5:30 p.m. each consecutive Tuesday at six local watering holes: Germania, Jimmy V's, Gresso's, Tara Hill, Red Brick and Hey Hey Bar & Grill. Each tavern builds its own hole and participants gets two shots at each hole.

Wayne Owens, founder and general manager of the Village Singers who organizes the annual golf tour, said some bars go all out in creating their courses, using water, sand traps and other obstacles to make it challenging for the duffers.

"It never fails that some golfer makes a miraculous shot during the season for a hole in one," he said.

Owens said the tour is a great way to support a local cause, network with other professionals and experience the diversity of the local taverns.

"I would say more than half of our people are not German Village-area people," Owens said. "They are from all over the city. And there's not a heck of a lot to do on Tuesday in Columbus."

The money helps keep membership rates down for choral members by allowing the group to pay for ancillary costs -- such as sheet music -- associated with the concerts.

The Singers are preparing for their spring concert Memories, to be held May 12-13 in the Meeting Haus.

The Hey Hey has become a regular spot on the tour. Owner Sue Gall said it's fun for the golfers and restaurant staff alike.

"It's very enjoyable," she said. "It's a social event with lots of good people."

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