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Ace worth $10,000 in fundraiser

Hole-in-one on No. 17 can net big prize for golfers at The Ridge
By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Service
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Do you feel lucky? Then ante up an extra $5 for your round of golf at The Ridge in Auburn and take a chance at winning the free lease of a sports car for two years or $10,000 in cash. As part of The Ridge's $5 Hole in One Challenge, any golfer who pays an extra $5 entry to their regular greens fees and aces the course's 17th hole will receive their choice of a two-year lease of a new sports car or $10,000. We should have it up and running by the end of this week, said Shawn Kelly of The Ridge. It's already drawn a lot of interest. Funds generated by the extra greens fees will go to a charity of The Ridge's choice. A golfer who pays the extra $5 and comes within two feet of the hole will receive a $250 gift certificate to the course's pro shop. The 17th hole plays 152 yards from the blue tees, 127 from the whites and 103 from the ladies' markers. Six cameras have been installed around the 17th green to prevent cheaters from walking off with the big prize. In other news at The Ridge: n The course is currently finishing its aerification process and will have all of its greens fully sanded and back in use by Thursday. The course is offering reduced greens fees. n The Ridge is once again offering its $50 golf and dinner package. It is good for any tee time after 1 p.m. any day of the week. n Jerry Rogers of The Ridge staff also reports the course will be holding a night Glow Ball tournament on April 28. The tournament is open to both members and non-members. We've had them before, and it's a lot of fun, said Rogers. For more information on the tournament, contact Rogers at (530) 888-7888. Fuez The Man at Black Oak John Fuez prevailed over Chris Nagle in a one-hole sudden death playoff with President's Cup tournament at Black Oak Golf Club. Playing in the D Flight, Fuez and Nagle finished regulation with a flight-best net score of 66. A Flight honors went to Low White with a net 71 while Ed Herrnberger's net 68 took the B flight. Jerry Hamilton had a net 69 to take the C flight. The next men's club tournament at Black Oak will be a 4-man rotating best ball event set for April 12. Youth to step up Loomis-area youth golfer Austin Smotherman will step up in competition next month when the Placer Elementary School eighth-grader competes in the California State Amateur Championship. Smotherman, 13, earned his invitation to the elite 97th annual NCGA tournament by having a handicap better than 4.4. Smotherman plays out of Indian Creek Golf Club and owns a handicap of 1.8. He recently recorded a nine-hole course record of 26 at Indian Creek, 6-under par. The first qualifying stage of the tournament will be on April 28 at Sierra View Country Club in Roseville. Smotherman is also teaming with Indian Creek's new golf pro, Marilyn Herbert, to start up a new junior golf school at Indian Creek this spring and summer. All juniors interested should contact Herbert at Indian Creek at 652-5546. Courses now open to public play n Aerification is over at Auburn Country Club and the course is in great shape, according to club professional Jamie Harper. Auburn Country Club is now offering open public play after 8 a.m. on weekdays ($40) and weekends ($60). For tee times, call (530) 269-1837. n Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley is offering public tee times after 1 p.m. for a limited time. Price for 18 holes with cart on weekdays is $40 and $50 on weekends. Call the course at (530) 273-2010 for tee times.