Planning for the Northland Area Business Association's annual Golf Outing on Aug. 8 is going quite well.

Planning for the Northland Area Business Association's annual Golf Outing on Aug. 8 is going quite well.

Better than that, in fact, according to event co-chairman Dave Cooper.

"Terrific," he said last week.

"We could use more golfers," Cooper then admitted. "We need more sponsors, but right now, we're doing very well."

As of last week, 61 golfers had signed up to play in the fundraising event at York Golf Club, 7459 N. High St. Course officials require a minimum of 72 golfers, and with that many having participated last year, Cooper said he and co-chairman Lisa Fravel of PNC Bank are confident of meeting the requirement.

"We're approaching that magic number, and we've got good sponsor participation," said Cooper, owner of the Ink Well. "What I need are hole sponsors. We'd like to have a minimum of 18. We've had as many as 25, so we've doubled up."

The cost for participating in the noon shotgun-start, scramble-format tournament is $125 a person or $500 for a foursome.

That includes a boxed lunch, buffet dinner and beverages, along with a "goody bag" that this year will include a flash drive with the Northland Area Business Association logo on it.

The NABA Golf Outing will be followed by an auction. "We have a nice list of auction items, a nice assortment," Cooper said.

These include tickets to Columbus Clippers and Columbus Crew games, as well as to Ohio State University football contests with the University of Toledo and Big 10 member Indiana, and many more.

Sponsors helping out at the platinum and gold levels have already signed up, as have two silver sponsors and one bronze, as well as sponsors for the lunches and gift bags, according to Cooper.

"So everybody's stepping up to the plate here," he said.

Cooper added that the tournament is still in the market for businesses or organizations to sponsor the beverage cart, photographer and driving range.

All of those things are important to making NABA's seventh annual Golf Outing a success, but in the sweltering heat of last week, Cooper said that there's one more thing he longs for.

"What I really need for that day is 75 degrees, 46-percent humidity and blue skies," he said.

The event has been fortunate in that regard in the past.

"We've had a tremendous weather forecast for years and years," Cooper said.

For the past several tournaments, NABA had taken on a "community partner" for the golf outing, sharing proceeds with a nonprofit organization that is located or operates in the Northland area.

This year's community partner is the Helping Hands Health and Wellness free clinic, which will receive 20 percent of the event's proceeds.

Cooper, who took the reins for putting on the event back from longtime organizer Chuck Wolfe, now executive director of the Cat Welfare Society, said he and co-chair Fravel have found a lot of built-in goodwill for the tournament and for the good its community partner does.

"What we've stressed is that all the money stays local and all the money is used to support NABA and the community partner of the year," he said. "In this particular case, Helping Hands reaches out to the unemployed and underemployed who don't have health care. Based on that, we've found that most companies and organizations are willing to continue to support at some level. There are some people who've been forced to say no, but that's OK because maybe they can come back next year."

Those interested in playing in the Aug. 8 NABA Golf Outing or becoming a sponsor may contact Cooper via e-mail, dave@ inkwellcolumbus.com. He can also be reached at his work number, (614) 888-2201, or on his cell phone, (614) 260-0118.