Strong support was shown for Dallas Jones Saturday, with 88 players coming out to a fundraising event for him at the Mount Brenton Golf Club.
And the players couldn’t have asked for better weather for mid-October.
“It was gorgeous,” noted Jones, who faced a very different reality in the pouring rain during the Mount Brenton Men’s Amateur in September that he won.
This event was more about having fun and providing Jones with a financial boost before he embarks on the professional Gecko Tour in Spain starting in January.
Jones praised Mount Brenton pro Jan Best for making it happen. The money will go a long way toward covering some tournament entry fees and travel expenses.
“He really jumped on it,” said Jones of Best. “It’s pretty sweet. Jan did a lot of the organization.”
“A bunch more (people) came and watched,” Best noted in addition to the players.
He created three revenue streams for Jones from admission fees, a beer and burger and 50-50 draw, and “all of it went to him.”
Best conceded tournaments on the Gecko tour aren’t cheap to enter. A lot of them are two- and three-day events, he added.
Players participated in a four-team scramble, with a twist.
“We put the pins in really hard spots and called it an Ironman tournament,” Best indicated.
“It was more about the raising money component of it.”
An anonymous donor also gave Jones $1,000. “He’s getting lots of support,” Best observed. “If he plays well, it leads into different tournaments.”
Best’s team with Emily Adams, Cash Reumkens and Tony Smith tied for first with Brayden Erickson’s group at 10-under-par.
The great autumn weather in the past week has been ideal for the golf course, keeping a steady flow of customers at a time when the traffic usually drops off.
“It’s awesome for us,” Best concurred. “It’s solid till about noon or 1 (p.m.) and it drops off.”
Limited daylight hours now also curtail activity that would otherwise have been prevalent later in the day.
“Some people just quit playing in the fall regardless how nice it is,” Best added.