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Hambo golf at top course

May 14, 2004

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The 12th annual Hambletonian Charity Golf Tournament, to be held Aug. 2, is moving to Montclair Golf Club in West Orange, NJ, recently rated one of the top 20 private courses in the state by NJ Monthly magazine.

Montclair, founded in 1892, is listed by the US Golf Association as one of the first 100 clubs established in the country. The golf tournament and gift auction will benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation and the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, and takes place on Monday, Aug. 2.

The event is one of the most popular features of Hambletonian Festival week and has raised more than $750,000 for charity since its inception. This year's gift auction will again feature such desirable items as a suite for an NFL game at Giants Stadium, a Broadway theatre package, airline tickets and many more unique items. Reservations are required for the preferred event, which includes Hole In One prizes of a Lexus luxury automobile and $10,000 in cash.

A cocktail buffet reception, including a raffle and live auction, will follow the tournament at approximately 6:00 pm. Player registration is $400 and includes a gift bag, greens fee, cart, caddy, caddy gratuities, locker room, luncheon, open bar and dinner.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the practice range will be open. The day begins with lunch and a putting contest at 11:00 a.m. Tournament play begins with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The format is scramble best ball. Prizes are awarded to winning teams and random draw teams. Contests include: longest drive for men and women, closest to pin for men and women, closest to the line and on the green 50/50.

Non-golfing guests may attend the dinner and auction for $150. Sponsorships are also available. For more information or to book a spot, call John Mayo (hrm@frontiernet.net) at the Harness Racing Museum at 845-294-6330 or Moira Fanning (moihambs@aol.com) at the Hambletonian Society at 732-249-8500.
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