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Want to make your strokes count for local nonprofits? Here's our guide to four premier charity golf events

click to enlarge PGA golfer Alex Prugh tees off at the 2014 Showcase.
  • PGA golfer Alex Prugh tees off at the 2014 Showcase.

ROSAUERS OPEN INVITATIONAL

WHO PLAYS: The champion of the annual PGA Section tourney pockets around $11,000. Past winners include such talented pros as Corey Prugh, Kyle Kelly, David Phay, Ryan Benzel and Chris Mitchell.

BENEFICIARY: Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery for children at risk of abuse or neglect. More than $2.5 million has been raised since the inaugural Rosauers Open in 1988.

COURSE: Indian Canyon

COST (2015): Entry fees for the Umpqua Pro-Am, a 36-hole event that precedes the Open, start at $2,500 for a twosome.

GOODIES: Dinner, wine tasting, live music and dancing at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. Pro-Am players receive $300 in Titleist golf merchandise.

INFO: 747-5353, rosauers.com/rosauers-open/

COUGAR LEGENDS

WHO PLAYS: Washington State fans have played with the likes of Cougars sports figures like Drew Bledsoe, Klay Thompson, Mark Rypien, Marcus Trufant, Jason Gesser, Mike Price and Mike Leach.

BENEFICIARY: WSU sports

COURSE: Coeur d'Alene Resort

COST (2015): Varies; donations welcome.

GOODIES: Dinner, auction with plenty of autographed sports memorabilia, hole-in-one contest, etc.

INFO: 335-6709

ZAK! CHARITY OPEN

WHO PLAYS: Spokane's Mark Rypien, the Most Valuable Player at Super Bowl XXVI in 1992, is integrally involved.

BENEFICIARY: The Rypien Foundation, which benefits youth cancer patients and their families. More than $5 million has been raised for local charities in 16 years.

COURSE: Manito Golf and Country Club

COST (2015): The minimum is $5,000 for a foursome. The night prior to the tournament, Rypien tosses footballs into the crowd at a dinner and auction at Northern Quest Resort & Casino.

GOODIES: Depending on the size of your check, you can golf with Rypien at other local courses prior to the tournament, attend a reception with Rypien, spend a night at Northern Quest, etc.

INFO: 747-2424, zakcharityopen.org

THE SHOWCASE

WHO PLAYS: Donors may find themselves teeing off with the likes of Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few, ESPN anchor Neil Everett, former Bulldogs players or other celebrities from the sports world. PGA Tour players give a clinic and play a nine-hole exhibition with celebrities on the final day.

BENEFICIARY: Community Cancer Fund. More than $550,000 was raised in 2014.

COURSE: Coeur d'Alene Resort

COST (2015): Sponsor fees start at $6,500 for a twosome. Tickets for the Showcase exhibition and clinic cost $50, which includes food and beverage.

GOODIES: Major donors receive resort accommodations, abundant Nike gear, dinner at Resort owner Duane Hagadone's lakefront estate.

INFO: 499-4692, showcasegolf.com


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