Ashland High Grizzly Golf Tournament
Ashland High School has seen a resurgence in interest in golf, going from a Grizzly Golf team of fewer than 10 to more than over 30 players in the past three years. The Golf Club hired local golfer and youth coach Aidan Jones in 2015 to help revitalize the program.
Jones' first move was to combine men's and women's teams into one. Johns believes having the young men and women work and practice together offers them more chances for friendly inter-squad competition while also building better team cohesion and spirit.
As with all club sports at AHS, golf does not receive direct funding from the school district. The team gets a small leg up from levy funds and the Booster Club, but most of the budget comes because players must "pay to play." Most young and new golfers are also challenged by a need for equipment of their own, so the program appreciates community donations in the manner of usable clubs, bags, balls and even shoes for some players.
This summer, AHS junior and Grizz Golf varsity co-captain Ginny Cotton wanted to spearhead a community golf tournament at Oak Knoll to raise funds for the team to use for helping create scholarships for players needing extra support as well as to offset travel expenses and purchase new equipment to help the kids improve their games. The Grizzly Golf Tournament was a resounding success Saturday, Aug. 6, at Ashland's Oak Knoll Golf Course.
Twelve teams competed. Winners included: first-place team, Mike Morrison, Rick Stinchcomb, Claude Akins, Tom Cronin; second-place team, Aidan Jones, Mitch Barats, Dylan Witnauer, Brock Dumont; and third-place team, Barb Lawson, Cliff Hebert, Tamara Hebert, Robin Demoss.
Raffles prizes were donated by Oak Knoll Golf Course, Stoneridge Golf Course, Eagle Point Golf Course, Stewart Meadows Golf Course, Mt. Ashland Ski Area, Omar’s, Golf Etc., Coming Attraction Theatres, Louie’s Restaurant, Hunter Communications, Grizzly Peak Winery, Mercedes Benz of Medford, Chris Annen, Great American Pizza Co., Irvine Vineyard’s, Sonja Dedrick, and Suzanne & Frank Lane in honor of Dean Phelps.