Wayne Owens prepares to practice his putting Jan. 19 at his Merion Village residence. The Pub Golf Tour, which Owens founded 10 years ago, starts at 5 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Germania Singing & Sport Society, 543 S. Front St. It will be held the following five weeks at local pubs.

German Village residents and their friends can get an early jump on the golf season by duffing around local taverns.

The 10th annual Pub Golf Tour will "putt off" at 5 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Germania Singing & Sport Society, 543 S. Front St.

It will continue at the same time each Tuesday with a stop at a different pub each week. The other pubs are Hey Hey Bar & Grill, Gresso's, the Ancient of Hibernians Tara Hall, Jimmy V's Grill & Pub and Dempsey's Food and Spirits.

"It's a lot of fun and you meet some new people," said Wayne Owens, who established the pub tour.

It's a fundraiser for the Village Singers, of which Owens is founder and general manager.

Owens said the group still is looking for golfers, who can register before Feb. 7 at any of the six establishments.

Cost is $100 per each four-member team. Some teams create their own uniforms.

Each duffer gets two shots on every hole. At the end of the season, bobble heads are awarded to the winning team.

Each bar creates a unique putting course.

"I think we're the only pub that had a two-story hole in the history of the Pub Golf Tour," said Mark Dempsey, owner of Dempsey's, which has been a regular stop on the tour for several years.

"It's a nice crowd that comes in on an off night and they really enjoy it," Dempsey said.

"We'll have 80 to 100 people in these pubs every Tuesday night and the pubs are just so creative it's unbelievable," Owens added.

He said the tours raise anywhere from $4,000 to $5,000 for the Village Singers, with 2 to 1 matching funds coming from the Leventhal Foundation.

The money pays for the singing group's operating expenses.

Owens said the tour is as much about camaraderie as it is putting.

"What are you going to do on a Tuesday night, anyway?" he asked. "And, it's a good networking thing."

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