Tigers golf tourney raises $22k towards new baseball facilities

Submitted photo – Team Campground won last week’s tournament at Baywood Golf & Country Club.

The Arcata High baseball program raised $22,000 at last week’s Tigers Baseball Golf Tournament, all of which will go towards completing the school’s new baseball facility.

A total of 120 golfers on 30 teams competed at the event, which was held at Baywood Golf & Country Club, with teams traveling from as far away as Redding and Ukiah to show their support for the cause.

The school’s new sports complex, which also includes a new football field and track, is almost completed, but the baseball team was forced to fundraise to pay for the dugouts, the scoreboard and bullpens, among other things.

The funds raised at the golf tournament will go a long way towards that.

Team Campground (Steve Clemens, Dan Wiley, Jeff Clayton and Forrest Samsel) won the four-person scramble tournament with a score of 54.

Second place went to the Chris Lehman Foundation Public team (Chris Lehman, Brian Dunlap, Alex Prole, Garth Bonomini) with a 55, while the D’Alessandro-ReMax team (Mark Gorge, Jaden Gorge, Wayne Hicks, Nick Seely) and Team Ukiah (Robert Mell, John Grothe, Kaden Thurston, Jeff Mee) tied for third with a 57.

Tournament organizer Mark Gorge expressed his gratitude to Baywood for hosting the event, and in particular Baywood pro Greg Bean.

“They just did a fantastic job,” he said. “Greg Bean did a fantastic job organizing everything. Everybody was outstanding.”

With the tournament’s success, Gorge said it might become an annual event.

“I think so,” he said. “I think everybody was excited and I’m ready to do it again.”

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