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Heid foursome wins 13th annual Rick Wiland golf tournament

Although Dave Heid retired as a Fallbrook High School coach at the end of the Spring 2010 CIF season, he not only participated in the Rick Wiland Memorial Golf Tournament held June 15 at San Luis Rey Downs but also won the tournament.

Heid’s wife, Delynn, their son Devin, and assistant coach Jeremy Walden joined Heid in the foursome which won the scramble-format tournament by finishing 15 strokes under par. “We were extremely adept in using our mulligans,” Heid said.

In addition to buying and using mulligans, the team also utilized Devin Heid’s golf skills which had given the 1997 Fallbrook High School graduate fourth place in the 2002 Mountain West Conference tournament when he was at Brigham Young University. “We just kind of jumped on Devin’s back and let him carry it,” Heid said.

Wiland was a former Fallbrook High School golfer who was killed in an automobile accident. The tournament in his name raises money to provide scholarships for Fallbrook High School graduates. Because the tournament was held at the end of the school year, after three scholarships were awarded to 2010 graduates, the funds from this year’s golf tournament will be used for future awards.

“We have quite a significant fund now,” said tournament organizer David Trautman, who taught at Fallbrook High School prior to retiring in 2008. “We’re going to be able to provide scholarships for quite a while.”

The 2010 fundraiser was the 13th annual tournament, all of which have been played at San Luis Rey Downs. “They’ve been very accommodating to us and always very welcoming,” Trautman said.

Nearly 70 golfers participated in this year’s tournament. “The tournament went great,” Trautman said.

A post-tournament raffle also contributed to the fundraising. Prizes included golf clubs, rounds of golf at various courses, and restaurant gift certificates.

“All in all we had quite a few prizes to give away,” Trautman said. “The raffle brings in a lot of money.”

In addition to the four-person scramble championship, prizes were also awarded for the longest drive and for the shot closest to the pin. Former San Diego State University football coach Tom Craft, who now coaches at Riverside City College, won the longest drive contest. Fallbrook High School teacher and former coach Mike West won the contest for being closest to the pin.

“They do a good job raising some money for scholarships in Fallbrook,” Heid said. “It’s a good get-together. It’s a fun group of guys and gals.”

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