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Rain stops golf, not baseball booster club success

The 11th annual Fallbrook Baseball Boosters Club golf tournament didn’t see the expected rounds of golf completed Jan. 18 at the Vista Valley Country Club, but the rains that shortened the golf experience didn’t impact the financial success of the fundraiser.

“Despite the rain and despite the poor economy, we had a really good showing,” said Fallbrook High School varsity baseball coach Jesse Schuveiller. “Very thankful that people continue to support us.”

The Fallbrook Baseball Boosters Club funds costs for Fallbrook High School’s varsity, junior varsity, and freshman teams. Expenses include equipment, uniforms, travel, tournament entry fees, and umpire payments. The annual Martin Luther King Day golf tournament is the primary fundraiser of the Fallbrook Baseball Boosters Club.

Normally the golf tournament includes an 18-hole round, and prizes are also given for the longest drive and the shot closest to the pin. This year most participants played 13 holes before the tournament was called. “It was the wettest one we’ve ever had,” Schuveiller said.

The golf tournament involves a shotgun start format, so not all foursomes played the same holes. No winners were declared for this year’s golf tournament. “We just applauded everyone for actually making it through about 13 holes,” Schuveiller said.

Approximately 50 golfers participated in what was supposed to be the tournament. “Not as many people came here in the rain,” Schuveiller said.

“We offered rainchecks if anyone wanted their money back,” Schuveiller said. “Most people were really great about it.”

Payment for the golf tournament also includes the evening banquet, and a payment option to attend the banquet without participating in the golf tournament also exists. Approximately 120 supporters attended the dinner. The dinner includes a silent auction, which had approximately two dozen items, and a live auction which provided about 20 purchase opportunities.

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