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By Dena Martin

TVGC Scramble Tourney will help fund sprinkler system


1st annual TVGC member/guest scramble tournament is June 22

DAYTON— “Doing something about the sprinkler system is something the club has been working on for decades. I looked at minutes from the 1960s and they were talking about it then,” said Touchet Valley Golf Club member Bill Ayotte.

Ayotte said that several attempts have been made to upgrade the antiquated watering system over the years, but none have succeded.

“They have gotten as far as having plans done and water sources determined, but they were never able to push the ball over the goal line and get the funding,” Ayotte said.

This time, the club is taking a different approach.

“We’re going to start saving money and raising awareness, and go from there with plans and infrastructure,” Ayotte said.

Currently, the course is watered with hoses and sprinklers. In addition to being an inefficient use of man hours, the system uses much more water than an underground sprinkler system would, Ayotte said.

Ayotte is hopeful that awareness of the need will bring donors and that fundraising efforts will be successful. He said that implementation of a new system could take place in phases.

The first event to kick off the fundraising efforts will be the 1st Annual Member/Guest Scramble Tournament on Sat., June 22.

The festivities will begin on Friday night from 4-7 p.m. with a “Party on the Patio” which is open to the public. Chief Springs beer, Dumas Station wines, music and appetizers will ensure an evening of fun.

Saturday’s tournament includes men’s, ladies’ and Jack & Jill flights. Registrations will be accepted through June 19. Entry fees are $110 per team which includes entry fee, greens fee and buffet lunch. Side games include: $5 long drive, $5 KP, 50/50 raffle, mulligans, $5 pro shot (Dakota Baker) and more. Prizes will be awarded for ladies’, men’s and Jack & Jill flights.

“If someone doesn’t have a partner, we’ll get one for them. We have other players with no partner,” Ayotte said.

For more information, call Bill at the Touchet Valley Golf Course at (509) 382-4851 or the café at (509) 382-2199 or email


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