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Junior Golf Scramble gears up for Day 2

By By Ryan Satcher / staff writer
June 18, 2002
The second day of the Meridian Junior Golf Association Scramble will be held today at Northwood Country Club.
Last week the first day of the event was held at Briarwood Country Club with about 60 kids participating. This week around 75 to 80 kids are expected to play.
The event is sponsored by the Downtown Optimist Club. Thanks to the sponsor, there is no fee to enter the scramble. Anyone ages eight to 12 can come out and play even if they were not at the first day of play.
Sign in for the round starts at 8 a.m. and play will start at 8:30. The round is usually over around 11 a.m. or 11:30.
The kids will go around with an adult or optimist club member and play the free round. A small amount of instruction may be given. A scramble score is taken and the top three win extra prizes but everyone that plays will receive a sleeve of golf balls.
The event was started at least 10 years ago and according to Scott Gray it was started to give kids a taste of golf.
The third date of the event will be at Lakeview Golf Course. Normally the event is also held at Ponta Creek Golf Course at NAS Meridian. This year, however, the event will not be held on the base due to tightened security. It would be much too difficult to get all participants on the base to be involved.
Also in the past kids that were a little older were able to participate but the ages have been cut to 8-12 so the round runs better.
The money used to sponsor the event is raised during the pancake jamboree the Downtown Optimist Club puts on.
The day is expected to be fun and everyone that is the right age is invited to come out and enjoy themselves.

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