Coats for Kids golf tourney benefits many needs of UR kids

A million dollars would sure come in handy about now with the downturn in the economy. For golfers looking for enjoyment, a way to help youth and possibly become a millionaire, the Shady Cove Open is the ticket. The event that includes a $1 million dollar hole-in one contest is Saturday, August 15 at the Eagle Point Golf Course.  The 11th annual “Coats for Kids” tournament is sponsored by the Upper Rogue Action Team—a group committed to helping disadvantaged children and families.

From proceeds of the tournaments that began in 1999, the team has purchased over 1,500 winter coats for needy children, hundreds of shoes and even playground equipment. They have donated money to families at Christmastime, sent 400 children to summer camp, sponsored a reading assistance program and much more in Shady Cove, Eagle Point, Butte Falls and Prospect.

This year the team donated $6,000 towards the “Cool Club”— the teen center that will soon open in Shady Cove. Board members have worked tirelessly towards this much needed activity for Upper Rogue youth and they are committed to ongoing support of the club, according to Bill Sisson, team president.

As well as helping kids, the tournament is one of the most fun activities in the community each summer. Besides socializing, trying to get a hole-in-one from 170 yards gives three finalists a chance to win the megabucks. In the putting contest for $10,000 the distance is only 65 feet but at hole #15 golfers must hit 150 yards to win a Willie’s Drift boat. Other prizes range from $800 down to $40, said Joe Barbato, team secretary and treasurer.

After the “Horse Race” that ends the tournament, a banquet and the annual high-spirited auction follows at Arthur’s. Donated prizes include two nights at the Adobe Resort on the ocean at Yahats and also at the Peppermill Resort Casino in Reno, guided all-day fishing trips, dinners and much more. Because the auction brings in the majority of funds for the team’s good works, participants and people in the community are encouraged to donate items or services.

Sponsors for the tournament are South Valley Bank, PremierWest and Chase Bank, said Barbato.

The Upper Rogue Action Team is a non-profit organization and the $110 entry fee that includes dinner is a tax write-off. Wives and guests are $25 per person. Information on the tournament is online at: or email Joe Barbato at
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent

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